PHR joins medical colleagues around the world in urging the Russian medical community to demand that its government ease the health care crisis in Syria. Health care continues to be used as a weapon of war: despite efforts to safeguard medical staff and patients, Syrians continue to be illegally targeted and killed as they provide or seek medical care. PHR has documented the deaths of 757 health workers and 382 attacks on medical facilities throughout the conflict. Every attack amounts to a war crime, and, as physicians, we cannot stand by and allow them to continue with impunity. We ask that the Russian medical community join us in urging the Russian government to allow humanitarian access and medical evacuation of those trapped in besieged cities in Syria, and to end both indiscriminate and targeted attacks on civilians and civilian and medical facilities across Syria.
In this report, Physicians for Human Rights describes the excessive and indiscriminate use of force against protesters by Indian state police and Central Reserve Police Forces with weapons misleadingly represented as “less than lethal.” While Indian authorities claimed that the use of these weapons was meant to reduce the potential for injuries or fatalities, PHR researchers found that their use had in fact caused serious injury and death.
The UN has failed to protect the Syrian people. Through its inaction – in large part due to the stalemate in the Security Council – the UN is allowing the siege of Aleppo and elsewhere to continue, unhindered, threatening the lives of millions of civilians still left in Syria and impeding life-saving aid from accessing them. Physicians for Human Rights stands with a global coalition of 223 civil society organizations who are urgently calling upon UN member states to request an Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly, demanding “timely and decisive action” and an end to these unlawful attacks.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has sent a letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today urging his government to immediately drop all charges against Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, as well as charges against author Ahmet Nesin and Erol Önderoğlu of Reporters without Borders, both of whom were arrested and detained with Dr. Fincancı. Their arrests and subsequent detention, allegedly due to their involvement in “making terrorist propaganda,” are unwarranted and in direct violation of their rights to free expression and association in accordance with international human rights.
Minorities living in Myanmar have suffered decades of human rights violations at the hands of the government and security forces. This new report found that the Muslim Rohingya face such systematic abuse and denial of rights that they pervade nearly every aspect of daily life.