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PHR Press Release: Sudan: Release Doctors from Unlawful Detention, Stop Obstructing Health Care Delivery

Friday, February 8, 2019
The Sudanese government of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is detaining doctors and targeting hospitals with tear gas amidst mass protests against the al-Bashir regime. This press release from Physicians for Human Rights demands that the Sudanese government release doctors and health care workers being held unlawfully, provide medical care for detainees in need, and allow medical responders and hospitals to function without threat of violence.

IFMSA Press Release: Attacks on Healthcare in Sudan

Friday, February 8, 2019
Recent attacks on healthcare in Sudan amidst the governmental crisis has caused an uprising roar around the world. The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations condemns attacks on healthcare and demands accountability for all perpetrators whose actions are violating the International Human Rights Law (IHRL) & the International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

President Erdoğan: Stop Targeting Physician Human Rights Defenders

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Physicians for Human Rights condemns the recent sentencing of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Dr. Gençay Gürsoy. Dr. Fincancı, sentenced to two years and six months in prison, is a world-renowned forensic medical expert and president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey. Dr. Gençay Gürsoy, the founder and former president of the Turkish Medical Association, was sentenced to two years and three months. Sign this petition to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to have all charges against them dropped.

WHO concerned over health impact of evolving fuel crisis in Gaza

Monday, January 21, 2019
The functionality of Gaza’s 14 public hospitals is increasingly jeopardized by electricity shortages. Several of the most severely impacted hospitals have already put rationalization measures in place and suspended sterilization, diagnostic imaging, cleaning, laundry and catering services during cut-off hours. Elective surgeries have been further reduced and drastic service reductions, including closures of wards and hospitals, are imminent.Hundreds of patients, including newborn and children, whose life depends on the availability of dialysis services, incubators and ventilators in intensive care units, and other electrical life-sustaining devices, and those requiring surgical interventions will be directly affected. 

Turkish Court Sentences Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincanci to Prison on False Charges

Thursday, December 20, 2018
Physicians for Human Rights denounces the sentencing today of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, a prominent human rights defender and the president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, to two years and six months in prison for signing a peace petition in 2016 organized by a group of Turkish academics.

Ebola and War in the Democratic Republic of Congo Avoiding Failure and Thinking Ahead

Thursday, November 29, 2018
The Journal of the American Medical Association published recommendations to the US government regarding the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Ebola epidemic in the DRC is exceptionally dangerous, occurring within active armed conflict and geopolitical volatility, including a million displaced persons.The United States and international community should launch high-level political mobilization, with diplomatic, human, and economic resources. It is critical to recognize that future health crises will occur in fragile, insecure settings. To prepare, the international community needs long-term planning and enhanced capacities to improve the safety and effectiveness of epidemic response operations.