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PHR has worked in Bangladesh for several years on a variety of human rights issues. Most recently, a team of PHR doctors has been working in the refugee camps in Bangladesh where almost 700,000 Rohingya have sought refuge from ethnic persecution and extreme violence by the Myanmar government. PHR doctors are forensically documenting the beatings, rapes, gunshot wounds, and burns suffered by the Rohingya in order to corroborate their stories and help them seek justice.  Read more about PHR's work with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

In 2010, PHR released an emergency report detailing Bangladesh’s campaign of arbitrary arrest, illegal expulsion, and forced internment of refugees from Myanmar.

Suu Kyi’s Denials Will Not Erase Crimes against Humanity Committed by Myanmar Military (September 13, 2018)

PHR today denounced the refusal by the Myanmar leadership to accept responsibility for its part in the brutal and systematic killing and displacement of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

PHR Joins Call for Myanmar Referral to ICC (May 8, 2018)

PHR joins the voices calling on the United Nations Security Council to refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to carry out an independent, transparent, and swift investigation into atrocities committed against the Rohingya people, in order to prosecute and bring those accountable to justice.

PHR Reiterates Need for Investigation Before Any Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees (April 16, 2018)

PHR is calling for international investigation, oversight, and protection in the wake of Myanmar’s claim that it has repatriated the first Rohingya refugees from neighboring Bangladesh.

PHR Calls on Full Senate to Pass Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act (February 8, 2018)

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today praised the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for advancing the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2017 (S.2060) and urged the full Senate to pass the bill without delay.

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Widespread and Systematic - Violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar (August 30, 2018)

findings, coupled with in-depth interviews and forensic medical examinations of Rohingya survivors, point to a widespread and systematic pattern of targeted violence – including rapes and killings of women, men, and children – that drove more than 720,000 Rohingya into neighboring Bangladesh.

“We’re Seeing the Lucky Ones.” (February 12, 2018)

Children with gunshot wounds, severe burns, traumatic injuries – these are just some of the atrocities PHR’s team of doctors documented on their recent trip to Bangladesh, where nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled to escape a campaign of brutal violence by the Myanmar military. “The thing that really strikes me is that … we’re seeing the lucky ones, the lucky ones who were able to survive,” says PHR’s Dr. Rohini Haar.

The Difference Doctors Make (February 8, 2018)

When a human rights crisis leads to a humanitarian disaster, doctors have a dual role to play. In Bangladesh, PHR doctors and volunteer health professionals worked side by side to document and treat atrocities committed against Rohingya refugees.

Documenting Violence Against the Rohingyas Firsthand: Evidence That Can’t Be Ignored (December 22, 2017)

Military leaders in Myanmar falsely claim they have mounted this brutal attack on civilians, many of them children, because they are “terrorists.” The forensic evidence in these cases tells a vastly different story — the truth.

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PHR Joins NGOs in Appeal to the UN Security Council to Act on Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis (December 2017)

In advance of the United Nations Security Council’s December 12 meeting on the situation in Myanmar, we, a global coalition of 81 human rights, faith-based and humanitarian organizations, urgently call on the Council to take immediate action to address the campaign of ethnic cleansing and mass atrocity crimes, including crimes against humanity, committed against the ethnic Rohingya population by Myanmar’s security forces in northern Rakhine State, as well as the continuing restrictions on humanitarian assistance throughout the state since October 2016.

PHR Recognizes World Refugee Day (June 2012)

On World Refugee Day, PHR affirms its dedication to ending human rights violations and protecting the rights of refugees and displaced people. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that 800,000 people were forced to flee across borders last year, adding to a population of 15.2 million refugees worldwide.

Stateless and Starving (March 2010)

Bangladeshi authorities have waged an unprecedented campaign of arbitrary arrest, illegal expulsion, and forced internment against Burmese refugees. In this emergency report, PHR presents new data and documents dire conditions for these persecuted Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

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Featured Investigation

Background on Stateless and Starving Burmese Refugees in Bangladesh

Stateless refugees from Burma face death from starvation and disease in makeshift camps because the government of Bangladesh denies them access to humanitarian aid. Read More »