PHR expressed concern over credible reports that Turkish security forces are blocking access to urgent medical care for the sick and wounded in the course of their operations in southeastern Turkey.
The U.S. government released 198 photos relating to detainee abuse at U.S. military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, but continued to withhold most of approximately 2,000 photos depicting prisoner ill-treatment that had been requested by the ACLU.
PHR today called on the Turkish government to immediately allow access to medical care which has been blocked by its security forces in the southeastern part of the country.
PHR is calling on world leaders to prioritize Syria’s shattered health system by creating mechanisms for thousands of displaced medical professionals to temporarily practice in neighboring countries. PHR’s call comes in light of this week’s conference of donor governments meeting in London to discuss response to the Syrian crisis.
PHR said that an urgent response to the Zika virus outbreak must include a coordinated global effort based on public health and human rights principles and that warning against pregnancy is a clearly insufficient approach to mitigating the effects of the virus.