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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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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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
A Year After Torture Report, Impunity Persists
The U.S. government must investigate and prosecute all those responsible for the CIA’s unlawful torture program, provide redress to victims, and release the full Senate torture report, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said in a briefing paper today. The document discusses the central role that two...
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Friday, October 30, 2015
PHR Welcomes APA’s Call to Remove Psychologists from Guantánamo and National Security Interrogations
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today welcomed the American Psychological Association’s (APA) request that the U.S. government withdraw all psychologists from national security interrogation roles and from Guantánamo Bay and other detention settings that operate in violation of international law...
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Lawsuit Filed Against CIA Torture Psychologists
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today welcomed a federal lawsuit against psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the architects of the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program. PHR said the lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU), is a landmark step toward accountability, but...
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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Syrian Government Forces Pound Health Care System in Idlib
NEW YORK – The Syrian government kept up its assault on the health care system in August, which saw an unprecedented number of attacks on medical facilities in a four-day period, as well as the highest number of medical personnel killed in the last 10 months. Data released by Physicians for Human...
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Wednesday, August 05, 2015
PHR Urges Ban on Psychologists’ Participation in Interrogations
The American Psychological Association (APA) should prohibit psychologists’ involvement in interrogations and other activities inconsistent with the profession’s “do no harm” ethic, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said this week during the APA’s annual meeting in Toronto. PHR also urged the U.S...
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Friday, July 10, 2015
U.S. Justice Department Must Investigate American Psychological Association’s Role in U.S. Torture Program
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today called for a federal criminal probe into the American Psychological Association’s (APA) role in the U.S. torture program following the release of a damning new report that confirms the APA colluded with the Bush administration to enable psychologists to...
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Physicians for Human Rights Denounces Israel’s Proposed Force-Feeding Law
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today urged Israel’s parliament to reject a proposed bill that would legalize the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners, in violation of medical ethics and international law. “Israel’s force-feeding bill contravenes established medical ethics, which...
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