An increasing number of Syrian doctors are being killed or tortured as the war grinds on between President Bashar al-Assad — who was once an ophthalmologist in England — and rebels seeking to overthrow his regime.
PHR applauds President Obama for signing key legislation today that expands the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program, which authorizes payment to people who help capture those responsible for the most heinous international crimes.
It was as if someone extraordinarily famous had come to town. Thousands of people craned their necks as the motorcade roared by, cellphones out to grab a snap, an air of expectation and excitement eclipsing all the street noise of clanging Coke bottles and beeping motorcycles. “There he is!” someone yelled. “Le docteur!”
Today’s jubilant return by Dr. Denis Mukwege to the Democratic Republic of the Congo nearly 12 weeks after an assassination attempt at his home in Bukavu has given Congolese leaders and citizens the opportunity to show their support for this courageous and beloved advocate for victims of sexual violence.
Despite continued grave concerns for his safety, PHR supports Dr. Denis Mukwege in his return to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. As he resumes his work treating victims of sexual violence, PHR urges the relevant authorities to secure the safety of this internationally renowned surgeon and human rights champion.