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 expresses grave concern over reports that Syrian rebel forces allegedly summarily executed members of the government’s armed forces last week and captured the crime on videotape.
PHR condemns an alarming tendency by both sides of the violent conflict in Syria to seriously jeopardize the safety and neutrality of medical staff and facilities.
The political upheaval of the recent Arab Spring has taken center stage in the Middle East and North Africa. Yet an alarming trend — the systematic attacks on medical professionals, facilities and patients — represents one of the most overlooked humanitarian issues and tactical threats facing people living in armed conflict and civil unrest say Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Dr. Stephen N. Xenakis in an Op-Ed in The Hill.
PHR and leading medical associations have called on President Bashar al-Assad—who trained as a doctor—to remember his oath to heal, not harm. Click Here to Sign Our Petition—tell Dr. Assad to honor the ceasefire, stop the attacks, and let medical professionals honor their oath to heal.