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Turkish Security Forces Blocking Access to Medical Care in Southeastern Turkey

PHR expressed concern over credible reports that Turkish security forces are blocking access to urgent medical care for the sick and wounded in the course of their operations in southeastern Turkey.

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Water in Flint

The Flint Disaster: Why Doesn’t Black Health Matter?

The lead-poisoning disaster in Flint, Michigan is more than a shocking public health failure. It is an assault on human rights – a recognition that has been largely absent from most discussions of how and why this could have happened in the advanced industrial democracy of the United States.

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Military Officer at Guantanamo

The Human Cost of Guantánamo

This month marks the 14th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo Bay detention center, the most visible symbol of U.S. torture and injustice around the world. President Obama has called the prison a “sad chapter in American history.” Unfortunately, Guantánamo is still open – and so is this sad chapter.

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Refugees in Slovenia

Courageous Refugees, Cowardly Politicians

I came to Europe to bear witness to the overwhelming numbers of children, women, and men searching for safety and a future far from the bombs that have devastated their homes in Syria. I joined the Nobel Women's Initiative to meet with some of these courageous refugees and listened to their stories.

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Military Guard at Guantanamo

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, PHR said in a briefing paper.

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Syrian Rescue Workers

Less Than a Third of Aleppo’s Hospitals Functioning; 95% of Doctors Have Fled, Been Detained or Killed

The Syrian government’s assault on eastern Aleppo city, which includes 45 attacks on medical facilities in the past three years, has decimated the city’s health care system.

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Glass Half Full in Myanmar

The NLD victory and the fact that the military has not intervened is surely a positive sign in Myanmar, but in a lot of ways the hardest work remains to be done.

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Russian Helicopter in Syria

Russia Fanning the Flames in Syria

Russia’s entrance into the Syrian conflict has made an already grim situation far worse... the nature of Russia’s military attacks, in step with Bashar al-Assad’s strategies, signals a new level of deterioration in the conflict.

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Turkish Government Must Immediately Allow Access to Health Care

PHR today called on the Turkish government to immediately allow access to medical care which has been blocked by its security forces in the southeastern part of the country.

Syria’s Neighbors Must Let Doctors Practice

PHR is calling on world leaders to prioritize Syria’s shattered health system by creating mechanisms for thousands of displaced medical professionals to temporarily practice in neighboring countries. PHR’s call comes in light of this week’s conference of donor governments meeting in London to discuss response to the Syrian crisis.

Zika Virus Highlights Limitations to Reproductive Health Policies in Affected Countries

PHR said that an urgent response to the Zika virus outbreak must include a coordinated global effort based on public health and human rights principles and that warning against pregnancy is a clearly insufficient approach to mitigating the effects of the virus.

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Who Will Identify Ukraine’s Dead? (February 3, 2016)

Since 2014, 9,098 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine. To date, 1,164 bodies, all of them soldiers, have been recovered from these battlefields. Every week, more bodies—and parts of bodies—are delivered to the morgues in Dnepropetrovsk for identification and burial.

The Flint Disaster: Why Doesn’t Black Health Matter? (February 3, 2016)

The lead-poisoning disaster in Flint, Michigan is more than a shocking public health failure. It is an assault on human rights – a recognition that has been largely absent from most discussions of how and why this could have happened in the advanced industrial democracy of the United States.

Failed Peace Talks Are a Death Sentence for Syrians (January 28, 2016)

Political wrangling in the lead up to Friday's U.N.-brokered peace talks has dramatically lowered expectations. But continued inaction at the diplomatic level, writes Elise Baker of PHR, is a "death sentence" for many Syrians trapped in besieged or remote areas across the country

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Letter to Turkish Prime Minister on Lack of Access to Medical Care in Southeastern Turkey (February 2016)

PHR and leading medical organizations sent a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to express concerns about credible reports that Turkish security forces are blocking access to urgent medical care for the sick and wounded in the course of their operations in southeastern Turkey.

Let Syria’s Health Professionals Work (February 2016)

In this paper, PHR provides recommendations to donor governments that would demonstrate their commitment to the health and well-being of the Syrian people, to the principles of mutual recognition of health professional qualifications, and to core commitments by the global community to sustainable development in the region.

Priority Actions in the Zika Virus Response (February 2016)

In this paper, PHR lays out what an appropriate response to the spread of the Zika virus must include in order to be compliant with human rights obligations.

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