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21 May 2018 description


In 2017, there were at least 701 attacks on hospitals, health workers, patients, and ambulances in 23 countries in conflict around the world. More than 101 health workers and 293 patients and others are reported to have died as a result of these attacks

13 Feb 2018 description

The last few weeks have seen an encouraging surge in the opposition to the government’s decision to deport asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea who have been living in Israel for over a decade.

28 Nov 2017 description


A decade has gone by since the first African asylum seekers arrived in Israel. Still, the Ministry of Health has failed to formulate a comprehensive policy to regulate their access to health services. The following report details the costs of this failure - the health, moral and economic cost of the lack of healthcare policy for asylum seekers. It then offers an alternative: a sustainable solution for that population that includes a state-sponsored insurance arrangement.

12 Jul 2017 description

2017 amendment to Anti-Infiltration Law will affect asylum seekers’ food security and ability to afford medical treatment

Earlier this week the “Deposit law”— the recent amendment to the Anti-Infiltration Law — came into force, with dangerous implications for the roughly 40,000 asylum seekers residing in Israel.

04 Apr 2012 description

Medical Evidence of Widespread Torture in Darfur Released by PHR in PLoS Medicine

90 percent of patients at Darfuri center for torture victims were attacked by Government/Janjaweed

Cambridge, Mass. - 04/03/2012

13 Dec 2010 description

Refugees and asylum seekers escaping conflict, genocide, famine, and torture face an extremely difficult journey. Thousands set out from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, and other African countries in search of safety and protection, passing through Egypt, where their situation remains hostile and insecure. Once arriving in Israel, they are immediately detained, often for several weeks, months, and sometimes even years.

10 Aug 2010 description

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today raised grave concern for the residents of the Kalma Camp in South Darfur and the thousands of others displaced by recent fighting in the camp and a humanitarian blockade imposed by the Government of Sudan.

Kalma is the temporary home to more than 90,000 children, women and men who have fled genocidal attacks by Sudanese forces and proxy militia since 2003.

29 Apr 2010 description

Why the U.S. Must Bring Pressure to Head Off Full-Scale War

Read the strategy paper by eight leading Sudan advocacy organizations.

WASHINGTON, D.C - A return to full-scale war can be headed off, say eight leading Sudan advocacy organizations, but only if the Obama administration quickly implements its policy to pressure parties who are backsliding on benchmarks crucial to a durable peace in Sudan.

21 Jan 2010 description

By Joe Read on January 21, 2010

Reuters South Africa reported on Monday that Chadian official General Oky Dagache has asked the UN not to renew the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT). While not unexpected, the Chadian government's reluctance to extend the MINURCAT operation, in particular the military component, is concerning due to the essential role played by the MINURCAT force in enabling humanitarian operations in eastern Chad and in north-eastern Central African Republic (CAR).

31 May 2009 description

(Cambridge, MA) Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has published a report documenting the scope and long-term impact of rape and other sexual violence experienced by women who fled attacks on their villages in Darfur and are now refugees in neighboring Chad.

This scientific study, conducted in partnership with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), corroborates women's accounts of rape and other crimes against humanity that they have experienced in Darfur, as well as rape and deprivations of basic needs in refugee camps in Chad.

"Many Darfuri women refugees live in a …

31 May 2009 description

Executive Summary


Physicians for Human Rights and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (PHR/HHI) set out to conduct a systematic assessment of sexual assault and other human rights violations suffered by Darfuri women who had been subjected to sexual violence in the course of attacks on their villages in Darfur and forced flight to camps on the Chad/Sudan border.

31 Mar 2009 description

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) applauds the Security Council's recent decision to condemn Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's expulsion of thirteen aid international humanitarian aid groups and the dissolution of three national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and remains deeply concerned about the impending humanitarian crisis that will inevitably result.

11 Mar 2009 description

Groups: Sudan's decision to restrict flow of aid represents possible prelude to humanitarian catastrophe of highest magnitude

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Save Darfur Coalition today called on President Obama to press the Sudanese government to immediately reinstate the licenses of 13 international humanitarian groups expelled from Darfur last week.

04 Mar 2009 description

"We welcome today's decision by the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

"Their decision adds international legal weight to a long obvious truth - primary responsibility for the atrocities in Darfur rests with the regime that Bashir heads. Individual nations and the international community as a whole cannot continue to do business as usual with Bashir now that he is an indicted war criminal.

14 Jul 2008 description

Frank Donaghue, Chief Executive Officer-Physicians for Human Rights (PHR):

"PHR commends International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo's request for an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

25 Feb 2008 description

PHR Urges Bush to Publicly Condemn Recent Attacks in Darfur

PHR urged President Bush today to publicly condemn both the Government of Sudan's (GoS) intensifying attacks on civilians in Darfur and its continued obstruction of the UNAMID peacekeeping force's deployment. President Bush is currently finishing a diplomatic tour of Africa, which include a recent visit to the Rwandan Genocide Memorial in Kigali. Though reports show that the overall situation in Darfur is worsening, President Bush recently called the American response to the regional crisis sufficient.

08 Feb 2008 description

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) condemns the violence that has swept through Chad and calls upon all parties to demonstrate restraint, prioritize the protection of civilians, and facilitate humanitarian access. The situation has led to the pull-out of many humanitarian organizations and has vastly restricted the ability of those who remain to operate in the region. PHR is deeply concerned for the welfare of both Chadian civilians and Darfurian refugees.

19 Dec 2007 description

The Road to Security in Darfur Blocked by Government Obstructions


When the United Nations Security Council authorised a new "hybrid" United Nations/African Union peacekeeping operation (UNAMID) in July 2007, it was hoped that Darfur's struggling AU peacekeepers would be rapidly reinforced by UN troops with the capacity to effectively protect civilians in Darfur. Five months later, on the brink of transfer of authority to UNAMID, little if any additional capacity has been deployed or is on the horizon.

18 Jan 2007 description

Thirty-two human rights, humanitarian, religious and conflict prevention organizations praised UN Secretary General Ban in a statement released today for his intention to make ending the violence in Darfur a top priority, while strongly urging him to continue pressuring the President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, to accept a joint African Union (AU) - United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force of 17,000 soldiers and 3,000 police.

Meanwhile, despite Bashir's December 27, 2006 acceptance of the phased deployment plan for the AU-UN peacekeeping force, the security situation in Darfur continues …