A criminal court in Istanbul today again postponed the trial of prominent human rights defender Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey and a longtime friend and colleague of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Last spring, Dr. Fincancı and two co-defendants were arrested, briefly imprisoned, and charged for disseminating “terrorist propaganda” after taking part in a solidarity campaign with a newspaper critical of Turkey’s government. Proceedings will resume March 21. PHR today reiterated its call to drop all charges against Dr. Fincancı, her co-defendants, and other members of civil society who are being unjustly prosecuted.
If confirmed as attorney general, Sessions will be responsible for upholding the law and must stand firm against any efforts to reintroduce such heinous practices. Any other stance would violate or circumvent the absolute ban on torture.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today welcomed the United Nations General Assembly’s vote to establish a group that will collect, preserve, and analyze evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses committed during the Syrian conflict. The team will ultimately prepare that evidence for future justice proceedings.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today welcomed the announcement that President Barack Obama will move to preserve the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on the U.S. torture program under the Presidential Records Act.
From July 2016 until earlier this fall, at least 87 people have been killed and more than 9,000 injured in clashes between Indian authorities and protesters across the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. In a study published today, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) reported these fatalities and injuries were a result of Indian authorities using indiscriminate and excessive force – and demonstrated that security forces routinely blocked access to needed urgent care.