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Both Sides in Syrian Struggle Must Respect Medical Neutrality

07/26/2012

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.

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Protecting doctors in Syria

06/07/2012

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.

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Sign the Petition to Tell Dr. Assad: Stop The Attacks!

05/30/2012

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.

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In the News

Syria, Bahrain and Middle East unrest - Monday 9 January

The Guardian
01/09/2012

An American activist who was refused entry to Bahrain on Sunday said he feared the 20 medics being re-tried for allegedly trying to overthrow the regime would be "scape-goated" by the authorities. Richard Sollom, who had flown in to the country with the intention of observing the medics' retrial today, told the Guardian he hoped international pressure would eventually force the King to quash the charges.

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Syria

Press Release

New Report: Syrian Forces Launched Assault on Country’s Medical System

12/16/2011

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today released a report detailing the Syrian government’s all-out assault on the country’s medical system. PHR’s report includes new and alarming evidence that government forces deny wounded civilians impartial medical treatment; invade, attack, and misuse hospitals; attack and impede medical transport, and detain and torture doctors for treating wounded civilians. These documented attacks illustrate the broader violence that the Syrian people have endured over the past several months.

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