Two PHR researchers report from Thailand that actions by anti-government protesters - who first blockaded and later forcibly entered and searched a major hospital in central Bangkok in April 2010 - were a gross violation of humanitarian principles.
PHR conducted two investigations in Chechnya in 2005. The findings of reveal widespread war crimes against thousands of civilians, including executions, torture, and violations of medical neutrality by Russia's federal forces who are commanded by President Vladimir Putin.
Human Rights and Health was prepared at the request of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and shows how, during the apartheid period, the leadership of the health sector in South Africa subordinated ethical and human rights obligations to the racist practices and political repression of the state.
This report examines the wars in the former Yugoslavia through the prism of medical neutrality. Hospitals and clinics in or near conflict zones were deliberately and often repeatedly attacked. Patients and medical staff were shot at by snipers, and, in at least one case, forcibly removed from hospital wards and summarily executed.
This report documents that physicians continue to be involved in executions, in violation of ethical and professional codes of conduct. This involvement is often mandated by state law and specified in departmental regulations about execution procedures.