PHR Welcomes Tomasz Malinowski’s Confirmation as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (April 2, 2014)
PHR today welcomed the Senate confirmation of Tomasz Malinowski as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, the government’s highest position solely dedicated to human rights.
PHR Mourns the Death of Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj (December 19, 2013)
PHR mourns the loss of Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, Palestinian human rights defender and respected psychiatrist, who died Wednesday at the age of 70.
On Human Rights Day, PHR Highlights Priorities for the Administration (December 10, 2013)
On Human Rights Day, PHR highlighted the need for the U.S. government to address several pressing issues in order to protect fundamental freedoms and promote the United States’ position as a beacon for human rights.
PHR Mourns the Loss of Nelson Mandela (December 5, 2013)
Physicians for Human Rights today expressed sadness over the loss of former South African leader Nelson Mandela, who passed away today at age 95.
Honor Berkin: Stop the Use of Tear Gas in Turkey (March 11, 2014)
The first person we met with upon arriving in Istanbul last June was the father of Berkin Elvan – a 14-year-old boy who left his home to buy bread during the Gezi Park protests and was hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by police.
Donor countries, including the United States, have supported organizations that provide essential humanitarian services to people along Burma’s borders. Border areas have long been neglected by medical and development programs run by the Burmese government, and this international assistance has helped countless people access medical care and food. Some political reforms have increased opportunities for international donors to directly fund civil society groups within Burma.
What would the US look like if each of the 50 states decided who they wanted to let in their borders? Or if state legislatures, motivated by racism and backed by profit-driven prison corporations, could enact laws that made living conditions for immigrants within their borders so onerous that immigrants fled in droves?
President Obama, the US Should Join the Mine Ban Treaty (April 19, 2012)
PHR joined partner organizations in an April 4, 2012, letter calling on President Obama to officially announce future US policy on landmines, and to join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. To date, the US has not taken the official step of acceding to (joining) the monumental treaty which forbids countries from using, producing, stockpiling, or transferring anti-personnel mines, and requires countries to destroy existing mines.
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.
Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences (June 2012)
Physicians for Human Rights urges members of Congress to work towards ending the use of solitary confinement in all facilities under federal jurisdiction, including federal prisons, immigration detention facilities, and national security detention facilities, in all but the most extreme cases.
Obama's Decision to Suspend Deportations of DREAM-eligible Youth is a Step in the Right Direction (June 2012)
PHR applauds President Obama's decision to suspend deportations of DREAM-eligible youth and allow them to apply for work authorization. Although this policy change is far from the full path to citizenship they deserve, it is definitely a step in the right direction.
PHR Applauds Administration Submission of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Senate (May 2012)
The Obama administration's decision to submit the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to the US Senate for ratification was applauded by PHR today. Although the US signed the convention in 2009, Senate ratification is required for the US to become fully bound by the Convention
As efforts to support legal redress for survivors of mass rape intensify in Central and East Africa, PHR – in collaboration with a number of local partners in the region – is working to improve the abilities of the health and legal communities to build prosecutions of sexual violence crimes. Read More »
Karen Naimer is responsible for spearheading PHR's Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, a forensic training and advocacy initiative that helps to forge networks of collaboration among medical, legal, and law enforcement personnel to support prosecutions and accountability for sexual violence in East and Central Africa. Read More »