Suu Kyi ’s Denials Will Not Erase Crimes against Humanity Committed by Myanmar Military
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. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - September 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Attacks on Hospitals and Civilians in Idlib Signal Escalation in Syrian Conflict
hysicians for Human Rights (PHR) has received reports that three hospitals, two Syrian Civil Defense Centers, and an ambulance system were attacked and put out of service in the Idlib governorate, in the northwest part of Syria on September 6 and 7. In the last few weeks, government forces have been gathering south of Idlib and the Syrian government and its Russian ally resumed intensive airstrikes on the governorate and the northern countryside of neighboring Hama. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - September 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

U.S. National Security Advisor Attacks International Justice and Accountability
White House National Security Advisor, John Bolton, today called the International Criminal Court (ICC) “fundamentally illegitimate” and threatened to ban its judges and prosecutors from the United States. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - September 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Trump Administration Seeks to Detain Children Indefinitely
PHR today denounced the Trump administration ’s announcement that it would seek to evade its legal obligations under the Flores settlement, which limits the length of time that children can be detained and creates minimum standards for their housing and care. PHR said that defying the 1997 consent decree would place the administration square ly in breach of its legal obligations and violates international norms protecting the rights and wellbeing of children, refugees, and asylum seekers. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - September 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Report Documents Scope, Scale, and Patterns of Anti-Rohingya Violence in Myanmar
In the final weeks before the 2017 Rohingya exodus from Myanmar, a new report indicates that the vast majority of Rohingya settlements suffered violence, often extreme, at the hands of Myanmar security forces and civilians. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - August 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

American Psychological Association Maintains Ban on Psychologists at Guantan ámo
The American Psychological Association (APA) today voted to keep a ban on military psychologists at Guantan ámo Bay prison, maintaining its firm ethical standards at detention sites that violate international law. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) called the vote a resounding victory for human rights. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - August 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Letter from former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez urging APA to maintain ban on military psychologists at Guantanamo
Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Juan E. M éndez has issued a letter to the American Psychological Association (APA) in advance of its August 2018 annual meeting, urging it to reject the proposed amendment to its policy on the role of military and operational psychologists in detention facilities. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - August 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PHR Signs Joint NGO Letter to APA Opposing Proposal to Weaken Anti-Torture Ethics Protections in National Security Detention for Psychologists
We, the undersigned human rights and civil liberties organizations, are deeply concerned that the American Psychological Association (APA) is considering rolling back critical protections instituted to safeguard psychologists from complicity in torture and abuse and to facilitate ethical and independent mental health care for detainees at the Guant ánamo Bay detention center.1 We urge the APA not to take that step. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - August 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Letter to APA Opposing Proposal to Weaken Anti-Torture Ethics Protections in National Security Detention for Psychologists
We write to express our deep concern over proposed changes to the American Psychological Association ’s (APA) policy on the role of psychologists in national security detention settings. This resolution, scheduled for a Council vote at the August 2018 meeting and closely monitored by the human rights community, would undermine APA’s hard-won position against torture and ill-treatment. We theref ore urge you to reject NBI 35B and instead continue on the path of supporting ethical practice and human rights protections for national security detainees. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - August 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Landmark Kavumu Appeal Verdict Upholds Convictions
welcomes today ’s appeal judgment delivered by the High Military Court in PHR welcomes the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), confirming the conviction of 11 men, including a provincial lawmaker, who were found guilty in a 2017 trial of crimes against humanity for the rape of dozens of young girls as well a s for murder. As documented in this brief PHR video, some of the rape victims were as young as 18 months old. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - July 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

“Please Tell the World What They Have Done to Us”
A body of forensic medical evidence released today clearly indicates that Rohingya Muslims suffered grave human rights abuses at the hands of Myanmar security forces and Rakhine Buddhist civilians. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), who issued the evidence in a new report, said the actions should be investigated as crimes against humanity. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - July 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PHR Echoes Concerns Raised by Homeland Security Health Experts about Family Detention
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) echoes today the serious concerns expressed by two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) medical experts who have spoken out about the inhumane policy of detaining migrant families. The physicians, who have served as longtime DHS consultants and who monitor family detention centers, warned that any planned expansion of family detention will place children and their families at imminent risk of further harm. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Survivors of International Crimes Still Await Justice on 20th Anniversary of Rome Statute
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said today that the promise of justice for international crimes remains elusive 20 years after the adoption of the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Rome Statute, which provides the most comprehensive legal articulation of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, gave rise to a permanent international criminal court to intervene where states are either “unwilling or unable” to do so themselves. In the two decades since the adoption of the Rome Statute, the ICC has been thwarted by politics, the court’s cumbersome structure, and ...
Source: PHR Press Releases - July 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

As Fighting Intensifies, Daraa Civilians and Hospitals Must be Spared
Physicians for Human Rights is deeply concerned by the news of yet more indiscriminate attacks on health care sites in Syria. In less than a week, PHR has received credible reports of large-scale airstrikes on at least six hospitals in Daraa in the south of the country, including Al-Giza Hospital ’s emergency department, which was left completely destroyed after being targeted six times. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - July 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Physicians for Human Rights Condemns U.S. Attempt to Eliminate Legal Protections for Immigrant Children
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) condemned today ’s request by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to modify the 1997 Flores settlement agreement by seeking exemption from the requirements that children be kept in the least restrictive setting possible (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - June 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PHR Denounces Executive Order to Replace Separation of Children with Family Detention
President Trump has signed an Executive Order to end his own administration ’s policy of separating migrant and asylum-seeking children from their parents in the face of a massive public outcry and global condemnation. The order calls for children to instead be detained with their families, as part of the administration’s new “zero tolerance” tactic which seeks to p rosecute all immigrants who cross the border illegally. To date, more than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - June 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Families Must be Together in Community-Based Settings: Tent Cities are Inhumane.
PHR welcomes recent steps by Congress to end the Trump administration ’s policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, but rejects any proposal to detain families in tent cities on military bases. PHR urges the Trump administration and Congress to keep families together in community-based settings, which are humane and effective alternatives to detention. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - June 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Civilians Must Be Protected as Hudeidah Comes Under Assault
Physicians for Human Rights is horrified by an attack launched today by the Saudi-led coalition on the Yemeni city of Hudeidah, despite repeated calls for all parties to exercise military restraint on this vital port which serves as a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of civilians. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - June 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Domestic Violence is a Form of Persecution
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) strongly condemns the decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to revoke international legal protection, in the form of asylum, for survivors of domestic violence. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - June 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Yemeni Port of Hudeidah, a Civilian Lifeline, Must Remain Operational
PHR condemns any military assault on Hudeidah and calls on the United States, France, and the UK – as well as regional players – to take swift action and leadership to give the international community a strong voice against this planned military assault, and to push for an immediate and lasting ceasefire. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - June 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

ICC Bemba Ruling Sends Devastating Message to Sexual Violence Survivors
PHR finds the overturning of the conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba to be a devastating setback for the pursuit of justice. This ruling deals a hard blow to the families of the victims of the brutal campaign of sexual violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2002 and 2003. It also unwinds the meaningful work that led up to the first and only conviction for sexual violence at the International Criminal Court (ICC). (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - June 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PHR Signs Joint Letter Urging UN Secretary General to Act on Saudi Arabia
PHR joins NGO call urging UN Secretary General to act on Saudi Arabia. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - June 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

UN Involvement Essential in Any Potential Rohingya Repatriation
PHR is encouraged following the signing today of a Memorandum of Understanding by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and the UN Development Programme with the Myanmar government. PHR is hopeful that the agreement will be a successful first step in establishing a framework for cooperation between the parties in order to ensure safe, voluntary, and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh, and a lasting and sustainable solution to the oppression and violence suffered by communities living in Rakhine state. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - June 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Family Separation is Cruel and Unnecessary
PHR welcomes the United Nations ’ call for the United States to immediately end its policy of separating families after they cross the U.S.-Mexico border. PHR reiterates that the Trump administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” policy, outlined recently by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, violates the fundamental right of family unity, protected as a constitutional right in the United States, a human right under international human rights law, and affirmed in international refugee law and migration law. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - June 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lithuania and Romania Complicit in CIA Black Site Torture
Physicians for Human Rights welcomes rulings by the European Court of Human Rights affirming Lithuania ’s and Romania’s complicity in the CIA’s illegal torture program. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - June 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Children Must be Protected, Not Lost
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is appealing to the Trump administration to immediately begin honoring its legal obligation to reunite immigrant children with their families and to end its policy of forcible separation. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - May 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Stop the Abuse of Immigrant Children in U.S. Custody
PHR expresses concern over the ongoing abuse of unaccompanied immigrant children in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. New findings released today document systemic maltreatment of children entering the United States across its southern border. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - May 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Impunity Reigns as Medical Personnel and Facilities across 23 Conflict-Torn Countries Remain Under Attack
In its fifth annual report released today, the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition warns that attacks on health care in conflict zones around the world are continuing with impunity and may in fact be increasing. The report entitled “Violence on the Front Lines: Attacks on Health Care in 2017” documents more than 700 separate attacks on hospitals, health workers, patients, and ambulances in 23 countries in conflict across the globe. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - May 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Confirmation of Gina Haspel, Supervisor of Torture, As CIA Director Is Unconscionable
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 about her precise involvement in the program and its cover-up, and did not adequately address questions on this throughout the confirmation process. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - May 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Haspel ’s 11th-Hour Regrets About CIA Torture Program Grossly Inadequate
A letter, penned by CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel to Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Senator Mark Warner, is inadequate to address grave concerns about her controversial nomination and involvement in the CIA torture program. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - May 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Gina Haspel Perpetuates Secrecy and Refuses to Say Torture is Wrong
PHR is troubled by today ’s public confirmation hearing of Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee for CIA director, in which she repeatedly evaded questions about her involvement in the CIA’s torture program, including the waterboarding of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - May 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PHR Urges Respect for Children ’s Rights as New Plans to Prosecute Undocumented Immigrants Are Announced
PHR voices grave concern over an announcement today by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Justice Department will begin prosecuting everyone who crosses the southwest border into the United States and separating parents and children crossing the border – a policy change which characterizes those fleeing persecution as criminal offenders and parents bringing their children to safety as smugglers. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - May 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PHR Joins Call for Myanmar Referral to ICC
PHR joins the voices calling on the United Nations Security Council to refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to carry out an independent, transparent, and swift investigation into atrocities committed against the Rohingya people, in order to prosecute and bring those accountable to justice. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - May 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Letter to U.S. Senators from Health Professionals Urging Opposition to the Nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA Director
Haspel ’s reported role in the CIA’s post-9/11 rendition, detention, and interrogation program raises grave concerns about her qualifications to lead the agency. She has been implicated in supervising the first “black site” in Thailand, where agency personnel tortured detainees using waterboarding and other long-outlawed techniques. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - May 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Physicians for Human Rights Honors Heroes of Health Care and Human Rights
PHR held its annual gala dinner on Wednesday night (May 2) at the Mandarin Oriental in New York, attended by some 250 human rights advocates and activists across industries and sectors, including physicians, philanthropists, journalists, and others who support the important work done by PHR. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - May 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PHRs statement on the alleged intimidation of Syrian doctors and international teams in Douma
PHR expresses grave concern over reports of intimidation of Syrian medics who are carrying out crucial medical treatment and of investigators who are conducting forensic investigations near the site of an April 7 strike on Douma. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - April 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Joint Letter to U.S. Senators Urging Opposition to the Nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA Director
PHR adds its voice to NGO call for opposition to the nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA Director. It remains undisputed that Ms. Haspel was deeply involved in the CIA ’s now-defunct torture program. As such, a vote to confirm her is incompatible with a meaningful commitment to the prohibition on torture. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - April 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PHR Reiterates Need for Investigation Before Any Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees
PHR is calling for international investigation, oversight, and protection in the wake of Myanmar ’s claim that it has repatriated the first Rohingya refugees from neighboring Bangladesh. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - April 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Physicians for Human Rights Reiterates Need for Investigation Before Any Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees
PHR is calling for international investigation, oversight, and protection in the wake of Myanmar ’s claim that it has repatriated the first Rohingya refugees from neighboring Bangladesh. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - April 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Physicians for Human Rights Statement on Alleged Chemical Attack in Douma, eastern Ghouta.
PHR today condemns yet another apparent chemical weapon attack in Syria that killeddozens of people, including women and children, in the rebel-held suburb of Douma in eastern Ghouta, east of the capital, Damascus. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - April 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Joint Letter to U.S. Senators Expressing Grave Concerns Over Nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA Director
PHR adds its voice to NGO call for the declassification and public release of all records on Haspel ’s involvement in the CIA torture program. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - March 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Humanitarian Norms Ignored as Syria ’s Civilian Health Deliberately Targeted
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) released an issue brief today highlighting a pattern of targeted attacks on health care throughout war-torn Syria, taking place with impunity and with staggering consequences. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - March 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

PHR Expresses Concern over Nomination of Gina Haspel to Lead CIA
President Trump nominated Gina Haspel today to serve as CIA director. Physicians for Human Rights Director of Programs Homer Venters issued the following statement in response. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - March 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

On International Women ’s Day, PHR Demands Accountability for Kenyan Victims of Sexual Violence
As the world observes International Women ’s Day and celebrates advances made by women and girls, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is expressing deep concern over the lack of accountability for victims of sexual violence in Kenya. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - March 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Physicians for Human Rights Demands Access for All Humanitarian Aid to Besieged Syrian Area
A week after the UN Security Council unanimously passed resolution 2401, demanding an end to hostilities in Syria to ensure unimpeded access for humanitarian convoys, the assault on eastern Ghouta continues and the Syrian authorities have reportedly stripped medical supplies from the only convoy allowed into this besieged area so far. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - March 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Shelling Prevents Aid from Entering Eastern Ghouta Despite UN Resolution Demanding that Hostilities Stop - Aid Groups
Airstrikes and shelling on Eastern Ghouta have prevented humanitarian aid from entering the besieged enclave as well as medical evacuations five days after the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate nationwide cessation of hostilities, according to a group of international humanitarian organizations. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - March 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Attacks on Medical Facilities in Yemen is a “Defining Element” of Nation’s Intractable Conflict
The deliberate targeting of health care facilities, with devastating impact on civilians, is a defining element of the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Al-Tawra Hospital, the central public hospital and one of the main health care facilities in Taiz, Yemen ’s second largest city with a population of over one million, has been directly targeted by dozens of mortar shells since the beginning of the conflict in March 2015. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - February 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Physicians for Human Rights Welcomes UN Vote Halting Bloodshed in Syria
As the UN Security Council today unanimously passed a resolution aimed at halting the bloodshed in Syria (SCR 2401), including in the besieged region of eastern Ghouta, where five successive days of bombing have killed hundreds of people, PHR put out the following statement. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - February 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news