Physicians for Human Rights: A Snapshot of our Work around the World

49 doctors killed
New restrictions create a greater barrier to refugees.
Many have been tortured and still suffer physical and psychological… Physicians for Human Rights documented the
use of chemical weapons. This is truly despicable. They constitute crimes against humanity. When doctors are trained not only to heal
but to use their expertise to document evidence of a crime, meaningful change can happen. And survivors can find justice. At Physicians for Human Rights, we investigate
and document irrefutable evidence of human rights abuses using the powerful lens of science
and medicine. A doctor’s testimony is a highly credible
scientific voice. We know that through evidence, change is possible. Following the mass slaughter in Bosnia, forensic
evidence we gathered directly contributed to the conviction of Bosnian-Serb leaders
for crimes against humanity. The prosecution imposes a sentence of life
imprisonment. No world leader, no government is above the
law. We at Physicians for Human Rights call for
the new Congress to meaningfully review the policies related to border enforcement. More than 100,000 people seek safe haven in
the United States each year. Many are survivors of torture, trafficking,
and other forms of persecution. I’m here with Physicians for Human Rights
along the U.S.-Mexico border. When a member of PHR’s asylum network provides
an evaluation that corroborates an immigrant’s story, their chance at gaining asylum improves
significantly. Every year, countless numbers of women, men,
and children endure brutal violence in areas of armed conflict. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, dozens
of girls – some as young a 18 months old – were raped during a three-year reign of terror
in the village of Kavumu. In a landmark case at the end of 2017, based on crucial forensic
evidence provided by local medical and legal professionals trained by PHR, a military court
sentenced the perpetrators to life in prison. If you struggle and continue struggling, you
will always win. Our experts provide training to our partners
to help document sexual violence, torture, and mass atrocities. How can we build accountability if we are
missing adequate evidence? PHR brings partners together around the world
– doctors, nurses, lawyers, police, prosecutors and judges to enable convictions for these
horrific crimes. Physicians for Human Rights was one of the
first groups in the world to prove that Saddam really had used sarin and mustard gas. PHR has exposed the use of chemical weapons
and documented direct attacks on medical workers who provide treatment to those in conflict
zones. Many of the physicians and nurses we work
with are also persecuted, and some risk their lives speaking out about the atrocities they
see firsthand. So we work hard to protect them. We also work closely with survivors who’ve
suffered unimaginable physical and psychological trauma, to ensure the support they need throughout
the justice process. Since our work began in 1986, we’ve made landmark
contributions to the movement for human rights. Our epidemiological investigation in Cambodia
in the early 90’s helped generate the political will to create an international treaty to
ban landmines. For that, we shared the Nobel Peace Prize. Physicians for Human Rights will keep innovating
and will continue to bring critical and credible evidence to the pursuit of justice and dignity.

1 comment

  1. Great bworx, thanx; also, please: You All are very kind. Yes, only our hearts allow us to see that all life are needed threads in the fabric of life, that "…we(e),…" can never allow to be torn asunder. War isn't the answer, it's only the ever asked and never answered adequately question, why? And, when bees are extinct, humanity will not be eating and soon after will follow them. As well, without freedom of the press no other freedoms would exist. Have a better day. Oyate. reality

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