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Camp V at Guantanamo

Ban on Psychologists’ Participation in Interrogations Passes

08/07/2015

PHR welcomed a decision by the American Psychological Association to ban psychologists from participating in national security interrogations and advising on their confinement conditions, and to withdraw their presence from Guantánamo and other sites operating illegally.

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Hospital Operating Room at Guantanamo

PHR Urges Ban on Psychologists’ Participation in Interrogations

08/05/2015

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 said this week during the APA’s annual meeting in Toronto.

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Military Officer at Guantanamo

Letter to APA Leadership on Prohibiting Psychologists' Participation in Interrogations

07/31/2015

PHR's executive director sent a letter to leaders of the American Psychological Association supporting recommendations on prohibiting psychologists’ participation in interrogations.

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Patient in a Syrian Field Hospital

Worst Month Yet for Attacks on Hospitals in Syrian Conflict

06/18/2015

Attacks on health care facilities in Syria reached the highest numbers yet in a single month since the start of the conflict in March 2011. In May alone, PHR documented 15 attacks on 14 medical facilities, including seven that had been attacked previously.

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Palestinian Prisoner

Physicians for Human Rights Denounces Israel’s Proposed Force-Feeding Law

06/16/2015

PHR 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.

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Doctors in Damaged Hospital in Syria

In Syria, Drying Out the Sea to Kill the Fish

06/10/2015

On March 28, 2015, Jabhat al-Nusra and allied opposition groups wrested Idlib city from government control in Syria. The following day, the Syrian air force attacked the city’s Red Crescent-run hospital with rockets, causing significant damage and forcing the hospital to close.

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Kachin Man at Relief Camp in Burma

Kachin Conflict in Burma Enters Fifth Year

06/09/2015

This week’s four-year anniversary of the breakdown of a ceasefire between the Kachin Independent Army and the Burmese Army, which had previously held for nearly two decades, renews attention on violence against ethnic minorities in Burma.

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U.S. Department of Defense Considers New Retaliation Against Guantánamo Navy Nurse

PHR today denounced new efforts by the military to revoke the security clearance of a U.S. Navy nurse, calling it backdoor retaliation for his refusal to force-feed Guantánamo detainees on hunger strike.

Guantánamo Navy Nurse Who Refused to Force-Feed Detainees to Receive Ethics Award

PHR today commended the American Nurses Association (ANA) for honoring a nurse who refused to take part in the unethical and criminal practice of force-feeding detainees on hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay.

U.S. Justice Department Must Investigate American Psychological Association’s Role in U.S. Torture Program

PHR 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 design, implement, and defend a program of torture.

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The International Community Continues to Be Unmoved by Syria (August 20, 2015)

Will the civilian death toll during recent attacks on Douma motivate the world to action in Syria?

“I miss my dignity” (August 19, 2015)

World Humanitarian Day reminds us that it is time for the international community to stop burying its head in the sand; countries must open their borders to protect refugees’ lives and to relieve overwhelmed host countries.

The Brutal Toll of Psychologists' Role in Torture (August 6, 2015)

While there is no question that the APA has much work to do to repair the damage to its integrity and to restore people's faith in the discipline of psychology, it is worth remembering that myriad individuals suffered directly as a result of this collusion. Over the last 13 years, more than 750 detainees have spent time in a rights-free zone that is the detention center at Guantánamo Bay.

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Preliminary Statement on the Hoffman Report (August 2015)

PHR’s statement outlines key findings of the Hoffman report and provides recommendations for accountability, policy reform, and justice.

Annual Report 2014 (July 2015)

The 2014 Physicians for Human Rights Annual Report provides a comprehensive overview of our work between July 2013 and June 2014 (our fiscal year).

International NGOs Urge Ban Ki-moon to Negotiate Aid Access to Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma) (May 2015)

Twenty-six international humanitarian aid and advocacy organizations have written to the United Nations Secretary-General, urging him to give his “personal attention” to the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma) and to take “a personal lead” in negotiating for humanitarian access to all areas of Rakhine State.

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