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Christy Fujio at a PHR Training

Sometimes Laughter is the Only Medicine


The resilient spirit of the Syrian people is nowhere more evident than in the group of doctors and lawyers I recently spent an evening with in the Middle East. Their capacity to find joy in life, even during this horrific conflict, is remarkable.

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Remains of a Rebel Field Hospital in Syria

A Peaceful Syria Must Be Built on Foundation of Justice


As members of the Syrian government, opposition forces, and international actors gather for Geneva II – the latest round of peace negotiations – it is crucial that all parties prioritize the end of systematic violations on medical care and targeted blockades of civilian communities.

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Camp Justice Guantanamo Bay

Twelve Years Later: The Current State of Guantánamo


January 11, 2014 marks the 12th anniversary of the arrival of the first detainees at the Guantánamo Bay detention center. Such an anniversary is an appropriate time to reflect on the commitment President Barack Obama made to closing the detention facility and press for greater progress toward this ultimate goal.

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Discovering Inspiration in Tragedy


“I’m upset – feeling guilty for leaving colleagues working in extreme circumstances in Syria. But I will document the violations. That is my contribution.” - Syrian refugee doctor

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Physicians for Human Rights Submits Shadow Report to the UN Human Rights Committee


On October 17–18, 2013, the United States will be under review by the United Nations to examine U.S. compliance with its legal obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – a treaty the United States ratified in 1992.

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