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U.S. Funding for Accountability Mechanism in Syria is a Step in the Right Direction

01/31/2018

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced today that the United States will provide $350,000 for the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), which was created by the UN in 2016 to provide accountability for the “most serious crimes under international law” committed in the Syrian conflict. Susannah Sirkin, director of international policy and partnerships at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), issued the following statement in response.

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PHR Calls for Release of Imprisoned Turkish Medical Professionals

01/30/2018

PHR called on the Turkish government to immediately release leaders of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA), who were arrested following days of threats and protests over the group's statement criticizing war as a public health threat.

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After 1000 Days of War, Yemen Can’t Wait

12/22/2017

PHR signs joint letter urging President Trump, Prime Minister May, and President Macron to prevent further catastrophe and famine in Yemen by implement an immediate ceasefire.

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Landmark Child Rape Case in Congo Goes to Court

11/09/2017

Today, in the small village of Kavumu in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 18 defendants are set to go on trial for the systematic rape of 46 young children over a period of four years. The case represents a landmark step in the fight against rape in Congo, a country marked by widespread sexual violence for decades. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) – along with TRIAL International, Panzi Hospital, and a host of Congolese partners – has worked to ensure evidence as well as survivors’ testimony will come to light in an open justice proceeding

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Joint Statement on Kavumu From PHR, TRIAL International, and Panzi Hospital

11/02/2017

In the village of Kavumu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), families once endured the unspeakable: children abducted in the night and raped. Nearly five years after the first attacks and after an international mobilization of supporters, a trial to prosecute the alleged offenders will begin on Monday, November 6. Eighteen suspects will face charges, including a local politician. The trial will be a turning point for the fight against impunity in DRC, and civil society both locally and internationally played a decisive role in bringing about this historic moment.

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