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Treating Protesters in Turkey

Judge Dismisses Case Against Turkish Medical Association

02/20/2015

PHR today welcomed an Ankara court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit against the Turkish Medical Association (TMA), which had mobilized medical personnel to provide emergency care to demonstrators injured during the Gezi Park protests.

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Red Cross Volunteer Injured in Burma

Attack on Myanmar Red Cross Violates International Law

02/19/2015

PHR strongly condemns the recent attack in Burma (officially the Union of Myanmar) on a Myanmar Red Cross convoy that was evacuating civilians from a conflict area.

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Force-feeding at Guantánamo

U.S. Military Document Says Force-Feeding Violates Medical Ethics and International Law

01/30/2015

PHR says that a newly public U.S. military document acknowledging that force-feeding violates medical ethics shows unlawfulness of hunger strike practices at Guantánamo.

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Dr. Nour

Syrian Doctors: Dr. Nour

01/29/2015

Dr. Nour, a general practitioner, works at a field hospital in Syria near the Turkish-Syrian border. She and the hospital are at constant risk of attack from aerial bombardment and car bombs.

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Guantanamo Detainee Being Escorted to Cell

Closing Guantánamo Is Imperative, But Not Enough

01/23/2015

During President Obama’s State of the Union address, he reaffirmed his commitment to closing the notorious prison at Guantánamo: Since I’ve been president, we’ve worked responsibly to cut the population of Gitmo in half. Now it is time to finish the job, and I will not relent in my determination to shut it down. It is not who we are. It’s time to close Gitmo.

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Health Professionals at Guantanamo

Doing Harm: Health Professionals’ Central Role in the CIA Torture Program

12/16/2014

This analysis by PHR of the SSCI report’s executive summary builds on years of investigation and research documenting the systematic use of torture by the United States.

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Medical Equipment at Guantanamo

Fact Sheet: Rectal Hydration and Rectal Feeding

12/12/2014

In light of the release of the executive summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) report on CIA enhanced interrogation techniques - which stated that rectal hydration or feeding was inflicted on at least five detainees - PHR compiled this fact sheet on rectal hydration and rectal feeding.

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Judge Dismisses Case Against Turkish Medical Association

PHR today welcomed an Ankara court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit against the Turkish Medical Association (TMA), which had mobilized medical personnel to provide emergency care to demonstrators injured during the Gezi Park protests.

Physicians for Human Rights Releases Expert Analysis of CIA Torture Report, Calls for Federal Commission to Hold Health Professionals Accountable

Health professionals played an essential role at every stage of the CIA’s torture program, committing at least eight violations of ethics and law, PHR said today in an analysis of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report summary on CIA torture.

Landmark United Nations General Assembly Resolution Calls for the Protection of Health Workers from Violence

A resolution passed last week by the United Nations General Assembly recognizes for the first time the severity of attacks on health workers, facilities, and patients in all circumstances, and demands respect by States for provisions of medical ethics and human rights law, as well as international humanitarian law, said the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition.

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Overcoming Obstacles to Prosecuting Rape in Kenya and the DRC (February 27, 2015)

This past week, PHR wrapped up a three-day roundtable discussion in Nairobi, Kenya, where we brought together 45 of our colleagues from both the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya to discuss successes, challenges, and new opportunities created by our innovative Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones.

Documentation Vital to Ending Attacks on Health Care Workers (January 15, 2015)

2014 was a distressing year for health care workers in conflict areas around the world, as attacks on medical professionals and facilities were carried out in numerous countries. As these attacks continue, they must be appropriately documented in order to increase available information, raise awareness, and find appropriate solutions that facilitate accountability and ultimately prevent future violence.

A Crime against our Humanity (December 10, 2014)

Today, the 65th annual celebration of Human Rights Day, we must reflect on the need to treat sexual violence as a pressing human rights concern.

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Syria's Medical Community Under Assault (February 2015)

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.

Letter to President Obama on Rejecting Request to Return CIA Torture Report (January 2015)

The new chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Richard Burr, requested that the executive branch return all copies of the CIA torture report to the committee. PHR and partner organizations sent this letter to President Obama urging him to reject Senator Burr’s request.

Fact Sheet: Rectal Hydration and Rectal Feeding (December 2014)

In light of the release of the executive summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) report on CIA enhanced interrogation techniques - which stated that rectal hydration or feeding was inflicted on at least five detainees - PHR compiled this fact sheet on rectal hydration and rectal feeding.

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