Skip to Main Content
Hospital in Aleppo

Airstrike on Syrian Hospital Kills Dozens, Including Patients and Doctors

An overnight airstrike on a Syrian hospital in Aleppo killed dozens of civilians, patients, and doctors, including one of the last pediatricians working in the area. PHR is appalled by such a brazen attack on health care workers, patients, and facilities.

Learn More »

Gitmo Detainee

Federal Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Architects of CIA Torture Program to Proceed

A lawsuit brought by victims of CIA torture against two psychologists who designed and oversaw the illegal program will be allowed to proceed in a U.S. court.

Learn More »

William Ruto at ICC

PHR Denounces ICC Decision to Vacate Charges Against Kenya’s Deputy President

PHR denounced the decision by the International Criminal Court to declare a mistrial in the case against Kenyan Deputy President William Samoei Ruto and journalist Joshua Arap Sang.

Learn More »

Syrian blast stretcher

No Peace Without Justice in Syria

On the fifth anniversary of the crisis in Syria, Physicians for Human Rights calls attention to the ongoing attacks on medical personnel and facilities and demands that justice not be sacrificed in the pursuit of peace.

Learn More »

Lethal in Disguise

Lethal in Disguise

“Non-lethal” weapons, used throughout the world for crowd control, can cause serious injury, disability, and even death. This report examines the use, misuse, and detrimental health effects of these weapons.

Learn More »

Guantánamo Prison

PHR: United States Must Close Guantánamo and End Indefinite Detention

Physicians for Human Rights urged President Obama to ensure all detainees are safely repatriated, resettled in third countries, or prosecuted in federal courts, in response to the administration’s newly announced plan to close Guantánamo Bay Detention Facility.

Learn More »

Unrest in Cizre

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.

Learn More »

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 to consider a criminal inquiry in accordance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Airstrike on Syrian Hospital Kills Dozens, Including Patients and Doctors

An overnight airstrike on a Syrian hospital in Aleppo killed dozens of civilians, patients, and doctors, including one of the last pediatricians working in the area. PHR is appalled by such a brazen attack on health care workers, patients, and facilities.

Physicians for Human Rights Honors Syrian Doctors, Two Philanthropists for Their Work

Two Syrian doctors and the philanthropists Ayman and Sawsan Asfari were honored Monday evening, April 18, for their work supporting the people of Syria at a gala hosted by PHR in New York.

More News »

Assad, Beware the Long Arm of Justice (April 13, 2016)

As a shaky ceasefire in Syria appears on the verge of collapse, peace talks are set to resume in Geneva this week. It’s a harrowing time for Syrians, made all the worse by the Syrian government continuing to willfully cut off deliveries of food and medicine to civilians.

Pregnancy, Drug Use, and Why Prison Is Not the Solution (April 11, 2016)

In New Hampshire, a bill to redefine opioid use or addiction in “custodial parents,” including pregnant women, as child abuse is making its way through the legislature, despite vocal objection from the state’s medical community.

We Must Hold Assad to Account for Murdering Doctors and Journalists (March 23, 2016)

On December 23, a paramedic with the civil defense, or White Helmets, was killed by Syrian government shelling while aiding the wounded in al Nashabiya, a small town in besieged Eastern Ghouta, in the Damascus suburbs. Three others were killed and 13 injured during that assault.

More Posts »

Statement on Anal Examinations in Cases of Alleged Homosexuality (May 2016)

The Independent Forensic Expert Group, of which PHR’s Medical Director, Dr. Vincent Iacopino, is a member, released this statement on anal examinations in cases of alleged homosexuality.

Letter to President Obama on the Kunduz Hospital Attack (April 2016)

PHR sent a letter to President Obama expressing grave concern about the increased frequency of attacks on hospitals and medical personnel across the globe, including the devastating October airstrikes by the U.S. military on an MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

Update on Syria – April 2016 (April 2016)

Syria’s cessation of hostilities, which came into effect on February 27, was supposed to reduce violence and guarantee delivery of humanitarian aid to desperate populations in need across Syria. The reduction of violence witnessed in the first weeks of the cessation has started to reverse course, and the cessation has largely failed on its promises to deliver life-saving humanitarian aid to the millions of Syrians in besieged and hard-to-reach areas.

More Research »