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(International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague, Netherlands, January 30 & 31, 2012.) Dr. Radovan Karadzic, a Bosnian Serb leader and psychiatrist indicted by the Tribunal for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, is on trial for many crimes, including the 1995 massacre of hundreds of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica. Dr. William Haglund, a forensic anthropologist, death investigator, and former director of PHR’s International Forensic Program, was the UN's Senior Forensic Advisor for the Tribunal and conducted forensic investigations of mass graves in the former Yugoslavia.
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.