by Diana Quick
A shared statement by peacebuilding organizations
International Day of Peace, 21 September 2018
In the final weeks before the 2017 Rohingya exodus from Myanmar, a new report indicates that the vast majority of Rohingya settlements suffered violence, often extreme, at the hands of Myanmar security forces and civilians. As part of a large-scale and unique research effort to determine the scope, scale, and pattern of these attacks, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) surveyed leaders from 604 Rohingya hamlets in Myanmar’s Rakhine state encompassing more than 916,000 people, conducted qualitative interviews, and produced forensic evaluations of more than 85 survivors.
Israel’s Supreme Court orders state to enable patients from Gaza to reach medical treatment, cancels policy preventing access to treatment due to alleged family ties to 'Hamas members'
Israel's policy of bringing pressure to bear on Hamas by denying Gazan male and female patients permission to travel out of the Gaza Strip for medical treatment, even in life-threatening situations, has occasioned many requests seeking our help in getting those patients out for treatment.
We, the undersigned NGOs, urge your government to support the renewal and strengthening of the mandate of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen through the enhancement of its reporting structure and strengthening language on accountability, as a matter of priority at the upcoming 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, taking place from 10 - 27 September.
July 17, 2018. Thirteen human rights and civil society organizations call on Israeli government to open Kerem Shalom Crossing and immediately rescind sanctions against residents of the Gaza Strip.
On August 27, 2017, Myanmar security forces and Rakhine Buddhist civilians attacked the village of Chut Pyin in northern Rakhine state, massacring its Rohingya Muslim residents and burning their homes to the ground.
Detention of children is inhumane. The United States must adopt community-based alternatives.
Thousands of medical voices from across the United States have joined forces with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) to urge the Trump administration to immediately halt the separation of migrant and asylum seeking children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
A letter, addressed to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, signed by more than 5,000 experts across the health and child development fields, and calling for swift action, was delivered today to the administration.
Physicians for Human Rights calls on all parties in conflict to exercise military restraint
New York, NY - 06/11/2018
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is deeply alarmed by reports of an imminent military assault by Saudi and UAE-backed troops on the Yemeni port city of Hudeidah.
The following statement is attributable to Homer Venters, PHR’s director of programs:
New York, NY - 06/06/2018
This morning, over thirty oncology specialists from Israeli hospitals called upon the Ministry of Health and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (CGAT) to allow women cancer patients form the Gaza Strip to travel for urgent and lifesaving treatments in hospitals in Israel and the West Bank.
Physicians for Human Rights reiterates the importance of not separating immigrant families and of responsibly caring for unaccompanied immigrant children in custody.
On Monday, May 14, 2018, 57 people died and 1,114 were injured from live bullets, at least seventy of them severely or critically, in demonstrations along the fence with Gaza Strip. This brought the total number of casualties since the start of the current confrontations on March 30 to 86 dead and about 3,670 wounded – all injured by live fire.
This paper brings testimonies by physicians and nurses who treated those injured demonstrators on that Monday. We believe these provide the most accurate and poignant account of the conditions under which the people of Gaza live and die.
Thursday May 24th we supplied the hospitals in the Gaza Strip with medicines and disposable medical equipment at a cost of $70,000.
The equipment provided is designated mainly for emergency and operating rooms, in order to help them deal with the large number of injured following the confrontation along the border fence over the past few weeks.
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
The situation at the European Hospital in Gaza as described by Head of Vascular Surgery, Dr. Abed Al-Majid Klub on April 20, 2018.
Stop the killing! The confrontations along the border are not a decree of fate and force is no substitute for policy.
As physicians and health professionals whose occupation and vocation are to heal and save lives, and who are committed to the value of the sanctity of life, we hereby call to stop the killing, to stop the shooting at demonstrators.