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The following statement is attributable to Physicians for Human Rights’ Asylum Network Program Officer Kathryn Hampton, MSt:
New York, NY
by Diana Quick
A shared statement by peacebuilding organizations
International Day of Peace, 21 September 2018
Child detention practices by U.S. border patrol violate international standards
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
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) voices grave concern over an announcement today by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Justice Department will begin prosecuting everyone who crosses the southwest border into the United States and separating parents and children crossing the border – a policy change which characterizes those fleeing persecution as criminal offenders and parents bringing their children to safety as smugglers.
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.