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.

Releases by this organization

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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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Monday, September 24, 2018
PHR Secures Win at MIT Solve with Groundbreaking MediCapt App
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is honored to have been selected among eight winners in the “Frontlines of Health” Solver category at this year’s MIT Solve event. PHR showcased its new innovative MediCapt technology to an audience and panel of expert judges in New York and walked away with a $10,...
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Thursday, September 13, 2018
Suu Kyi’s Denials Will Not Erase Crimes against Humanity Committed by Myanmar Military
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today denounced the refusal by the Myanmar leadership to accept responsibility for its part in the brutal and systematic killing and displacement of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. The following statement is attributable to PHR’s director of...
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
U.S. Withdrawal from Human Rights Council Undermines Accountability
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is deeply disappointed and concerned by the United States government’s decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, a move it called counterproductive and damaging. “The Council’s dedicated mission to advance human rights around the globe is more crucial...
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Friday, June 15, 2018
America’s Health Professionals Appeal to Trump Administration: End Family Separation at Border Immediately
Thousands of medical voices from across the United States have joined forces with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) to urge the Trump administration to immediately halt the separation of migrant and asylum seeking children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. A letter, addressed to U.S...
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Monday, June 11, 2018
Yemeni Port of Hodeidah, a Civilian Lifeline, Must Remain Operational
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is deeply alarmed by reports of an imminent military assault by Saudi and UAE-backed troops on the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. The following statement is attributable to Homer Venters , PHR’s director of programs: “PHR condemns any military assault on Hodeidah...
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Thursday, May 17, 2018
Confirmation of Gina Haspel, Supervisor of Torture, As CIA Director, Is Unconscionable
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today is deeply disappointed and concerned at the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Gina Haspel as CIA director. Haspel, who helped manage the CIA torture program, and who oversaw the waterboarding of detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, has yet to release any information...
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Monday, October 10, 2016
Physicians for Human Rights Statement on New York Times “How U.S. Torture Left Legacy of Damaged Minds”
In the following statement, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) responds to the New York Times’ latest reporting on the U.S. torture program: Today’s New York Times article on the legacy of U.S. torture is yet another step forward toward learning the sordid details of that program. Unfortunately,...
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Friday, April 29, 2016
Physicians for Human Rights Responds to Kunduz Hospital Airstrike Report
The Defense Department today released the redacted report of its internal investigation into the U.S. military airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Since the attack last October, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has been pressing the White House and the Pentagon...
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Friday, January 22, 2016
U.S. Government Must Release Guantánamo Force-Feeding Tapes
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) denounced the U.S. government’s latest move to block the release of tapes showing force-feeding at Guantánamo, calling it a patent effort to conceal this unlawful and unethical practice from the public. U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli yesterday appealed a...
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