Skip to Main Content
White House Zach Gibson Getty

A Global Trump Effect

Many of the people I know, myself included, didn’t believe Donald Trump could win the presidency. While we don’t yet know the impact President-elect Trump will have on human rights around the world, there is reason for all of us who care about human rights and freedoms to be concerned.

Learn More »

Syria Map

A Map of Attacks on Health Care in Syria

When medical workers are killed, the human toll is not just their lives, but also the exponential number of people who will suffer without treatment and the many lives that will be lost as a result. When these attacks on health care become as prolonged and widespread as they have in Syria, the consequences reach far beyond the individuals and facilities lost.

Learn More »

sebnem-korur-fincanci-fist raised

Letter to Turkish President on Unlawful Charges Against Human Rights Defenders

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has sent a letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today urging his government to immediately drop all charges against Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, as well as charges against author Ahmet Nesin and Erol Önderoğlu of Reporters without Borders, both of whom were arrested and detained with Dr. Fincancı. Their arrests and subsequent detention, allegedly due to their involvement in “making terrorist propaganda,” are unwarranted and in direct violation of their rights to free expression and association in accordance with international human rights.

Learn More »

Rohingya Checkpoint

Where There is Police, There is Persecution

Minorities living in Myanmar have suffered decades of human rights violations at the hands of the government and security forces. This new report found that the Muslim Rohingya face such systematic abuse and denial of rights that they pervade nearly every aspect of daily life.

Learn More »

Police in Southeast Turkey

Turkey’s Southeast Remains Under Siege as Purge Continues Nationwide

Turkish security forces have unlawfully imposed a virtual state of emergency across the country’s southeast, according to a new report from PHR. That state of emergency led to hundreds of civilian deaths and deprived thousands of urgent medical care.

Learn More »

CIA

CIA Documents Show How Deeply Doctors and Health Professionals Were Involved in Torture

Last month, the CIA released more than 50 declassified documents about the illegal torture program it operated after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Many of them elaborate on the sheer brutality of the CIA’s practices.

Learn More »

Wounded Child in Aleppo

Doctors of Aleppo Abandoned, Again

In their letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, Aleppo’s remaining doctors pleaded not for tears but for a plan to end the Syrian government’s all-out assault on hospitals and medical workers. And the response from the White House was the same as it’s been for months: we’re working on it.

Learn More »

Physicians for Human Rights Supports Call to Declassify Full U.S. Senate Torture Report

Two members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee have asked President Barack Obama to declassify the full version of the committee’s nearly 7,000-page torture report. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today joins that call and says that full disclosure of the CIA torture program’s details are necessary to ensure that such illegal and harmful practices are never employed again.

PHR Condemns Latest Attempt to Shutter Egypt’s Premier Anti-Torture Organization

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today condemned the Egyptian government’s decision to freeze the bank account of the El-Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, a prominent group that treats and provides assistance to victims of torture.

In Two Days, Four Syrian Hospitals Suffer Airstrikes

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today confirmed airstrikes against four separate hospitals in Syria on Sunday and Monday of this week. All within 20 miles of one another, the four facilities sustained significant damage after coming under air fire by either Syrian government forces or their Russian allies. PHR continues to condemn the ongoing assault on Syria’s medical personnel and facilities and calls for renewed vigilance on the part of the entire international community to end such crimes.

More News »

Human Rights on Trial in Turkey (November 21, 2016)

Accused of disseminating “terrorist propaganda” for taking part in a freedom of expression campaign, Dr. Fincancı is one of thousands of Turks who have faced punishment in recent months for criticizing a government that has increasingly flouted international law and human rights norms - and has shown a willingness to vilify anyone who opposes its actions.

A Global Trump Effect (November 18, 2016)

Many of the people I know, myself included, didn’t believe Donald Trump could win the presidency. While we don’t yet know the impact President-elect Trump will have on human rights around the world, there is reason for all of us who care about human rights and freedoms to be concerned.

Finding Evidence: Inside PHR's Asylum Training (November 1, 2016)

After attending a PHR training, those health professionals can then sign up with PHR’s Asylum Network, a group of more than 500 volunteers who conduct assessments of asylum applicants nationwide.

More Posts »

PHR and Global Coalition Demand Immediate UN Action to End Attacks in Syria (December 2016)

The UN has failed to protect the Syrian people. Through its inaction – in large part due to the stalemate in the Security Council – the UN is allowing the siege of Aleppo and elsewhere to continue, unhindered, threatening the lives of millions of civilians still left in Syria and impeding life-saving aid from accessing them. Physicians for Human Rights stands with a global coalition of 223 civil society organizations who are urgently calling upon UN member states to request an Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly, demanding “timely and decisive action” and an end to these unlawful attacks.

Letter to Turkish President on Unlawful Charges Against Human Rights Defenders (November 2016)

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has sent a letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today urging his government to immediately drop all charges against Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, as well as charges against author Ahmet Nesin and Erol Önderoğlu of Reporters without Borders, both of whom were arrested and detained with Dr. Fincancı. Their arrests and subsequent detention, allegedly due to their involvement in “making terrorist propaganda,” are unwarranted and in direct violation of their rights to free expression and association in accordance with international human rights.

Where There is Police, There is Persecution (October 2016)

Minorities living in Myanmar have suffered decades of human rights violations at the hands of the government and security forces. This new report found that the Muslim Rohingya face such systematic abuse and denial of rights that they pervade nearly every aspect of daily life.

More Research »