For Immediate Release
Letter to President Obama Urges Action on Sri Lanka
Cambridge, Mass - 06/24/2009
PHR and several prominent human rights organizations expressed their deep concern over the dire human rights and humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka in a joint letter to President Barack Obama. More than 20,000 civilians are reported killed as a result of indiscriminate shelling from Sri Lankan military forces, and some 300,000 persons are being held in government-run internment camps.
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
- 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