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War and civil unrest turn soldiers—and, often, civilians—into deliberate targets. Medical professionals have an ethical duty to provide care and treatment to those in need, without discrimination, even in times of conflict. But during conflict and civil unrest, health care professionals, facilities, and patients too often come under attack. These attacks are not a natural part of conflict, but are deliberate violations of the principle of Medical Neutrality.
PHR and other organizations participated in a major protest against the continuation of Guantánamo Bay as a detention center on the 10th anniversary of its opening, January 11, 2012.
On January 11, 2012, PHR joined a rally at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, marking the ten-year "anniversary" of the US detention center at Guantánamo Bay. PHR Anti-Torture Program Director Kristine Huskey read this poem written by a Guantánamo detainee.
As the revolutions collectively known as “the Arab Spring” have rocked the Middle East and North Africa, medical professionals have often been caught in the crossfire. PHR's Richard Sollom joins WHYY NPR in Philadelphia to discuss doctors under siege in the Arab world, and the pursuit of “medical neutrality” on Capitol Hill and in the United Nations.
On November 9, 2011 Physicians for Human Rights welcomed brothers Doctors Arash and Kamiar Alaei to the National Press Club in Washington, DC for one of their first joint public appearances since their release from Evin prison in Tehran, Iran.