Physicians for Human Rights

PHR was founded in 1986 on the idea that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to investigate the health consequences of human rights violations and work to stop them. PHR mobilizes health professionals to advance health, dignity, and justice and promotes the right to health for all.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Report Documents Pervasive Deficiencies in Medical Care of Detainees at Guantánamo Bay Detention Center
This week, the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) released a report detailing widespread medical deficiency at the Guantánamo Bay detention center. Following an in-depth review of publicly available information related to medical care at Guantánamo – both past...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Medical-Legal Collaboration Leads to Justice in Serial Rape Case in Democratic Republic of the Congo
This week, The Lancet, the prestigious peer-reviewed medical journal, published a Viewpoint describing how a collaboration among Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), Panzi General Reference Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and other medical-legal partners helped bring long-...
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Monday, June 10, 2019
Asylum-Seeking Children from Northern Triangle Suffer Multi-Dimensional, Recurrent, Sustained Trauma
Since 2014, the number of children arriving at the U.S. border has risen dramatically, as unaccompanied children, adolescents, and young families have fled gang and other forms of violence in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. In a new report, “ There Is No One...
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Thursday, May 16, 2019
New Syrian Government Offensive Takes Horrific Toll on Health Care Facilities
As violence has escalated in northwest Syria since April 26, Syrian government forces and their Russian allies have reportedly carried out as many as 18 attacks on hospitals and other health care facilities – an enduring tactic which violates international humanitarian laws that protect health...
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Friday, May 03, 2019
Federal Funds Should Not Be Used to Detain Children at the U.S. Southern Border
This week, the White House requested $4.5 billion in funds toward U.S. southern border operations that would harm children and their families. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is calling on congressional leaders to reject the White House’s Emergency Supplemental Budget Request that would prolong...
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Thursday, December 27, 2018
U.S. Immigration Policy Contributes to Another Child Death
Following the second death of a child in U.S. Border Patrol custody in recent weeks, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) urgently calls for the immediate release of all detained children to community-based settings, access to independent medical providers for all detained children, and an independent...
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Thursday, December 13, 2018
PHR Condemns Sentencing of Turkish Doctor and Calls for Immediate Dropping of Charges
PHR condemns the sentencing in absentia of Dr. Gençay Gürsoy, founder and former president of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA), by the Istanbul 37th Penal Court in Turkey. Dr. Gürsoy was sentenced to two years and three months in prison on the trumped-up charge of “disseminating propaganda for...
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Friday, November 16, 2018
Release of Top Secret CIA Document Reveals Deeper Medical Complicity in Torture Program
With the release of a previously top secret document – made public thanks to a legal victory by the ACLU – disclosing the role of the Office of Medical Services (OMS) in the CIA’s torture program, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) reminds health professionals that torture, in all its forms, is one...
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Friday, November 09, 2018
PHR Condemns Trump’s New Rule Prohibiting Valid Asylum Claims
The following statement is attributable to Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Asylum Network Program Officer Kathryn Hampton : “The new measures adopted today by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice, under the orders of President Trump, barring those entering the United...
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Thursday, October 18, 2018
PHR Offers Forensic Expertise in Khashoggi Case and Calls for Independent International Investigation
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is horrified by reports of the disappearance and possible murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post contributor, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Tuesday, October 2. He has not been seen since, and...
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