PHR strongly condemns the fatal attacks this week on eight health workers engaged in a polio immunization program in Pakistan. The deaths, which prompted the temporary suspension of the program in some districts, are only the latest reminder of the high price the world continues to pay for the politicization of health care.
Kim Kardashian, a swanky shindig at DC's Ritz-Carlton Hotel, a high-powered Washington PR firm, and the US 5th Fleet - featured players in the newest reality show? Perhaps - but a show with very high stakes for those willing to speak out in the tiny Persian Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain.
Physicians for Human Rights denounces yesterday’s decision by a Bahrain appeals court to uphold the prison sentence of a prominent human rights activist involved in organizing protests against the regime.
PHR's Susannah Sirkin writes on CNN Opinion: "Some of the bravest people I know are cowering today in eastern Congo, wondering where their supporters are. While our daily news zeroes in on Syria and Gaza, the fiscal cliff and Christmas sales, our friends in the war-ravaged part of the immense, mineral-rich Democratic Republic of the Congo are once again convulsed in a conflict they did not choose."
On 21 November, 23 health professionals in Bahrain were sentenced to three months in prison on charges of illegally gathering during Arab spring protests in 2011. Five others were acquitted. Richard Sollom, deputy director of Physicians for Human Rights said: "We are disappointed, though not surprised, that the Bahraini regime once again has decided to punish health professionals merely for expressing their right to peaceful assembly.