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Public Health Leaders Join PHR in Call to End Unnecessary Ebola Quarantines

10/29/2014

In a letter to governors of all 50 U.S. states, prominent leaders in the field of infectious disease and public health write to express their concern over decisions by U.S. Governors to impose a mandatory 21-day quarantine on all health care workers returning from West African countries where they were responding to an outbreak of Ebola.

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States Should Not Issue Blanket Quarantine Orders for Medical Workers Returning from Ebola-Stricken Countries

10/27/2014

The decision by several states, including Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York, to impose a mandatory quarantine on health workers – mostly volunteers – returning from the three countries in West Africa where there is a significant Ebola outbreak should be reversed.

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Dr. Denis Mukwege

Recognizing Dr. Denis Mukwege and His Inspirational Fight against Sexual Violence

10/23/2014

Our dear friend and medical partner Dr. Denis Mukwege of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was announced the winner of the Sakharov Prize.

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Dr. Sohail

Syrian Doctors: Dr. Sohail

10/23/2014

Dr. Sohail was detained by the Syrian government twice; he was targeted for his activism and for being a doctor who treated injured protesters.

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Ebola: Dying of Poverty for Lack of a Functioning Health Care System

10/21/2014

It was foreseeable that if an Ebola outbreak in an impoverished African country moved from rural to urban areas, the existing heath care systems would be unable to treat everyone or prevent further transmissions. Years of conflict, lack of education, corruption, distrust of government, and chronic underinvestment in the health care system would take their toll.

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Iraq Must Seek Justice

10/10/2014

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called on Iraq to ratify the Rome Statute, or to allow the International Criminal Court (ICC) to exert jurisdiction over the situation in Iraq, following the release of a UN report that detailed horrific crimes within its territory.

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Kenyatta’s Appearance at the Hague a Welcome Step for Accountability

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta appeared today at the International Criminal Court (ICC), where he faces charges of crimes against humanity for his role in violence that followed the 2007 election.

Physicians for Human Rights Comments on First Trial on Force-Feeding of Guantánamo Detainees

PHR said today that the trial over the force-feeding of Abu Wa’el Dhiab should highlight the legal and medical ethics violations inherent in the practice, which can constitute torture and must immediately end.

Physicians for Human Rights Comments on Discriminatory Plan for the Rohingya

PHR today criticized a plan that would force many Rohingya to claim Bangladeshi origin as part of a strategy by the government of Burma to further isolate the minority group. Those who refuse to renounce their identity are reportedly being arrested, tortured, or sent to camps.

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Misguided Criticisms of the International Criminal Court (October 15, 2014)

The ICC has received a variety of criticism. The African Union, for example, has accused the court of anti-African bias. One of the most vocal critics is Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who charged the ICC with “shallowness” for pursuing the Kenya cases.

Let’s Talk About Sexual Violence (October 2, 2014)

When studying in Jordan last fall, I was stunned by the silence around sexual violence experienced by women in Syrian refugee camps. In Arab communities, where social stigma and family honor carry huge weight, consequences of sexual violence extend far beyond scarring psychological trauma to fear of alienation and even honor killing.

The Key to Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones (September 29, 2014)

Sexual violence is a grave problem the world over, but it is particularly prevalent in conflict zones like the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where I live and practice medicine. I frequently treat survivors of sexual violence, and many of my patients have been victims of this terrible crime on more than one occasion.

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Public Health Leaders Join PHR in Call to End Unnecessary Ebola Quarantines (October 2014)

In a letter to governors of all 50 U.S. states, prominent leaders in the field of infectious disease and public health write to express their concern over decisions by U.S. Governors to impose a mandatory 21-day quarantine on all health care workers returning from West African countries where they were responding to an outbreak of Ebola.

States Should Not Issue Blanket Quarantine Orders for Medical Workers Returning from Ebola-Stricken Countries (October 2014)

The decision by several states, including Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York, to impose a mandatory quarantine on health workers – mostly volunteers – returning from the three countries in West Africa where there is a significant Ebola outbreak should be reversed.

Syria's Medical Community Under Assault (October 2014)

This fact sheet illustrates the deliberate targeting and destruction of medical facilities by government and opposition forces, loss of medical personnel, and resulting health consequences in Syria.

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