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Health Workers Must Treat with Medicine, Not Politics


The use of health programs by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to recruit political activists in Cuba is reprehensible and unacceptable. Using health care as a cover for political activities goes against the internationally accepted principle of medical neutrality and is harmful to the wider practice of providing medical aid in countries around the world.

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Asylum in the United States

Vulnerable and Alone: Children Crossing the Border


Although Maria is just 13-years-old, she already suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression, reports Dr. Carol Kessler, a child psychiatrist and member of the Asylum Network at PHR. Originally from El Salvador, Maria fled to the United States after a gang member attempted to rape her and force her to join his gang.

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While Syria Burns


I had mixed emotions about the latest "good news" on humanitarian aid in Syria. The U.N. Security Council has passed a long overdue resolution that -- if implemented -- will save the lives of Syrians trapped in desperate circumstances by the war.

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Honoring Victims of Torture Means Repairing Trust in Healers


Today, UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, marks 27 years since the UN Convention against Torture came into effect.

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Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

How to seize the huge opportunity created by the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict


“What a fabulous suit. She was perfect, perfect,” said a French woman standing behind me on the escalator. We had just emerged from two hours in a giant auditorium on the outskirts of London where we heard politicians, UN officials, and Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee speaking at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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