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A Nurse Treats an Ebola Patient in Guinea

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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Ebola volunteers in Sierra Leone

Widney Brown Discusses the Ebola Epidemic at Roosevelt House

10/17/2014

The rapidly spreading Ebola epidemic in West Africa is both a human rights and public health crisis. Widney Brown, PHR director of programs, discusses the Ebola epidemic at a panel event hosted by Roosevelt House examining the human rights standards applicable to the epidemic, and the threat posed not only to Africa, but also to the rest of the world.

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Kurdish Soldier Keeps Guard in Iraq

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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Protester Holds the Bahraini Flag

Physicians for Human Rights Welcomes Lifting of Travel Ban for Bahraini Human Rights Activist

10/01/2014

PHR today welcomed the decision by a Bahraini court to lift the travel ban on Maryam al-Khawaja, but remained concerned about the spurious charges that remain against her.

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Dr. Thierry Nasibu Ntumba

The Key to Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

09/29/2014

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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Syrian Woman in Halak, Aleppo

Syria’s Forgotten Civilians

09/26/2014

As atrocities committed by the self-declared Islamic State (IS), also called ISIS or ISIL, dominate media headlines, we must not forget the civilians who have been suffering since long before IS gained a stronghold in parts of Syria and Iraq.

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Ebola Burial Team in Liberia

Fear, Trust, and Attacks on Ebola Workers

09/24/2014

As health workers fan out across the Ebola-stricken areas of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, they are facing a battle on two fronts: fighting Ebola and addressing the fears, rumors, and myths of those at risk of Ebola.

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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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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.

Prepared Remarks - Health Care & Violence: The Need for Effective Protection (September 2014)

PHR attended and presented at the high-level debate, Health Care & Violence: The Need for Effective Protection, at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2014.

International Cooperation and Assistance in the Context of the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (September 2014)

This statement provides in-depth analysis on the obligations of the international community and the immediate and long-term actions it must take in light of the Ebola outbreak.

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