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For Immediate Release

Hans Hogrefe to be Honored for Contributions to Human Rights

Cambridge, Mass - 07/11/2011

Physicians for Human Rights today announced that Hans Hogrefe, PHR’s Chief Policy Officer and Washington Director, will be honored by the Stewart Mott Foundation and the Open Society Foundation for his contributions to human rights. A reception will be held in Hogrefe’s honor on Tuesday, July 26, to thank him for his tireless efforts on behalf of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and human rights victims.

Hogrefe joined PHR in March. Previously, Hogrefe was the Democratic Staff Director for the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the House of Representatives, serving Commission Co-Chairman James P. McGovern. While at the Commission, Hogrefe grew the group from a 13 member voluntary organization in 1995 into a bicameral 240-member entity in 2006. The Commission was formally institutionalized by the Speaker of the House of Representatives as the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in 2008.

To learn more about the reception, please contact PHR’s Senior Press Officer, Megan Prock.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an independent organization that uses medicine and science to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. We are supported by the expertise and passion of health professionals and concerned citizens alike.

Since 1986, PHR has conducted investigations in more than 40 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, the United States, the former Yugoslavia, and Zimbabwe.

  • 1986 — Led investigations of torture in Chile gaining freedom for heroic doctors there
  • 1988 — First to document the Iraqi use of chemical weapons on Kurds providing               evidence for prosecution of war criminals
  • 1996 — Exhumed mass graves in the Balkans and Rwanda to provide evidence for               International Criminal Tribunals
  • 1997 — Shared the Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
  • 2003 — Warned US Policymakers on health and human rights conditions prior to and               during the invasion of Iraq
  • 2004 — Documented genocide and sexual violence in Darfur in support of international               prosecutions
  • 2010 — Investigated the epidemic of violence spread by Burma’s military junta
  • 2011 — Championed the principle of noninterference with medical services in times of               armed conflict and civil unrest during the Arab Spring
  • 2012 — Trained doctors, lawyers, police, and judges in the Democratic Republic of the               Congo, Kenya, and Syria on the proper collection of evidence in sexual               violence cases
  • 2013 — Won first prize in the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention with MediCapt, our               mobile app that documents evidence of torture and sexual violence

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