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Dr. Mukwege

Changing the Narrative on Sexual Violence in the DRC

11/26/2014

This week in Strasbourg, France, the European Parliament bestows its most prestigious human rights award, the Sakharov Prize, to Dr. Denis Mukwege, who is world-renowned for the struggle to prevent rape in the war-ravaged and underdeveloped Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Immigration Reform Cannot End Here

11/25/2014

While Obama's announcement is a welcome effort to bring undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows,” advocates remain deeply concerned over how the executive action will affect asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, and other vulnerable groups.

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Kenyan Police Officer Joseph Kibet

Moving Forward to End Sexual Violence

11/25/2014

PHR has helped local activists create numerous self-governing medical-legal networks across Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help facilitate collaboration and cooperation among medical professionals, legal and judicial experts, the media, local communities, and NGOs.

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Navy Nurse Should Not be Punished for Declining to Force-Feed Guantánamo Detainees

11/19/2014

PHR welcomed the American Nurses Association’s statement supporting a nurse who refused to force-feed Guantánamo detainees based on professional ethical obligations.

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Five Places President Obama Should Visit While in Burma

11/12/2014

In response to President Obama’s visit to Burma in November for the ASEAN Summit, PHR created the following map to highlight areas of concern.

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Critical Condition: a Syrian Female Doctor Makes a Desperate Plea to the U.N. for Help

11/04/2014

Before the uprising began more than three years ago, the Syrian healthcare system was suffering, but now it is in critical condition and desperate need of life-saving support.

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Public Health Leaders Join PHR in Call to End Unnecessary Ebola Quarantines

10/29/2014

Prominent leaders express concern over decisions by U.S. Governors to impose mandatory 21-day quarantine on health care workers returning from West African countries.

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American Psychological Association to Conduct an Independent Review Into its Role in CIA Torture Program

PHR said today it welcomed the American Psychological Association’s (APA) announcement that it will conduct an independent review of whether it colluded in the CIA’s use of torture after 9/11.

Forced Displacement Leaves Burmese Families Living in Substandard Conditions, with Higher Rates of Hunger and Sickness

The Burmese government violated international standards when forcibly displacing families from the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) by threatening many residents with court appearances and imprisonment, giving them inadequate compensation for land lost, and failing to provide training or other means of income to those who lost their jobs, according to a new report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).

President Obama’s Burma Visit Offers Opportunity to Push for Improvement on Human Rights

During his trip to Burma this week, President Obama should demand progress on a range of human rights issues, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said today.

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Immigration Reform Cannot End Here (November 25, 2014)

While Obama's announcement is a welcome effort to bring undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows,” advocates remain deeply concerned over how the executive action will affect asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, and other vulnerable groups.

Women as Leaders in the Fight against Sexual Violence (October 30, 2014)

Friday marks 14 years since the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325, also known as the first resolution on Women, Peace, and Security.

Misguided Criticisms of the International Criminal Court (October 15, 2014)

The ICC has received a variety of criticism. The African Union, for example, has accused the court of anti-African bias. One of the most vocal critics is Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who charged the ICC with “shallowness” for pursuing the Kenya cases.

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Public Health Leaders Join PHR in Call to End Unnecessary Ebola Quarantines (October 2014)

Prominent leaders express concern over decisions by U.S. Governors to impose mandatory 21-day quarantine on health care workers returning from West African countries.

States Should Not Issue Blanket Quarantine Orders for Medical Workers Returning from Ebola-Stricken Countries (October 2014)

The decision by several states, including Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York, to impose a mandatory quarantine on health workers – mostly volunteers – returning from the three countries in West Africa where there is a significant Ebola outbreak should be reversed.

Syria's Medical Community Under Assault (October 2014)

This fact sheet illustrates the deliberate targeting and destruction of medical facilities by government and opposition forces, loss of medical personnel, and resulting health consequences in Syria.

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