Physicians for Human Rights welcomed the release from prison today of Şebnem Korur Fincancı, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, and Erol Önderoğlu of Reporters Without Borders.
Turkish security personnel blocked a PHR research team from accessing the town of Cizre in Turkey’s restive southeast earlier this month. That comes despite statements from Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs that international organizations “can easily visit” the country’s southeast, where PHR was investigating allegations of human rights violations.
PHR today cautiously welcomed an international agreement to facilitate aid deliveries in Syria’s besieged cities and towns, including a provision that if Syria’s government does not permit immediate access by June 1, the UN may begin airdropping supplies.
Physicians for Human Rights will honor two Syrian doctors as well as the founders of the Asfari Foundation at its second annual gala next month. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner on April 18 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.
Despite reductions in violence, the February agreement has largely failed to provide critical humanitarian aid to Syrian communities under siege