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Statement on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Hearing Before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights

January 2014

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) submitted a statement on the Syrian Refugee Crisis to a Hearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights. The statement discusses how attacks on the medical community (specifically health workers, facilities, and patients), cases of sexual violence and torture, and a range of unmet humanitarian needs have contributed to the crisis, and provides additional recommendations to help improve the situation. PHR recommends that the United States immediately convene a humanitarian summit with Russia and other nations in order to improve humanitarian aid in Syria; take steps to allow more Syrian refugees to resettle in the United States; and provide funding to address their health and other needs. The full statement can be read here.

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