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We Must Hold Assad to Account for Murdering Doctors and Journalists

Donna McKay | Posted 03.25.2017 | Home
Donna McKay

They are supposed to enjoy a protected status on the battlefield. But in Syria, where the crisis marked its fifth year this month, health workers and journalists are deliberately targeted.

Protecting Syria's Civilians: Another Discarded New Year's Resolution?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.11.2017 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

Chemical weapons attacks are notoriously difficult to substantiate. The debris they leave is hard to detect from satellite images. To positively identify a toxic agent, you need to analyze affected blood samples. But in Syria, and in particular in the Damascus suburb where the December attack occurred, the specialized medical equipment needed to conduct these tests is in severely short supply.

Courageous Refugees, Cowardly Politicians

Donna McKay | Posted 11.19.2016 | Home
Donna McKay

At a time when these courageous individuals need the world's protection the most, many politicians are using the Paris attacks for political gain, introducing hateful policies they don't even have the authority to implement.

The CIA's Torture Experiment

Robert Jay Lifton | Posted 10.29.2016 | Politics
Robert Jay Lifton

As physicians concerned with maintaining humane medical standards, we know that it is critically important to learn all we can about the psychological and historical conditions conducive to medical evil.

The Brutal Toll of Psychologists' Role in Torture

Donna McKay | Posted 08.06.2016 | Crime
Donna McKay

Acknowledgment accompanied by justice and accountability helps restore that sense of control. But for national security detainees held by the U.S. government and its proxies, justice and accountability are being systematically denied as a matter of law.

Bahrainis Take to the Streets on 3rd Anniversary of Uprising, as John Timoney and U.S. Government Continue Their Role in Violent Crackdown

Kris Hermes | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Kris Hermes

Unfortunately, it is less a celebration than an ongoing struggle to resist the oppressive regime of King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, whose family has ruled the small Persian Gulf Island of one million people for more than 200 years.

Myanmar Government Must Take Action Against Violence

Religion News Service | Richard S. Ehrlich | Posted 08.30.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Buddhists are killing Muslims in Myanmar with impunity because the government failed to stop the attacks, New York-based Physicians for Human Ri...

Buried Alive: Solitary Confinement in Immigrant Detention

Sarah Shourd | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Sarah Shourd

Even though -- like many detainees in our country -- I had no idea when I would get out of solitary confinement or prison itself, I never lost hope completely. For immigrant and national security detainees in this county, however, the opposite is true.

Health Workers Deliver First Aid to Protest Movements

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.31.2012 | Home
Michelle Chen

Movements are also discovering the connection between health and activism in another way, through medical workers joining the front lines to deploy their skills and their conviction.

Jorge Luis Macias

One Man's Search For His Salvadoran Roots | Jorge Luis Macias | Posted 01.03.2012 | Latino Voices

PASADENA, Calif. -- In the orphanage in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the boy didn't have a name or a history. He had been separated from his family by the d...

Unhappy Anniversary: Eight Years of Continuing Lawlessness

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The Defense Department now obstructs justice by suppressing evidence of its own criminal actions. This sordid history indicates the perverse depths to which our nation has unfortunately fallen.

Did The Bush Administration Experiment On Detainees?

Mother Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the course of trying to prove that its "enhanced" interrogation program was legal, the Bush administration may have broken the law, according to a ...

War Crimes in Afghanistan, Or: What You Don't Learn in Science Class

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Amnesty International

This week, Physicians for Human Rights, using forensic analysis and satellite imagery, documented a war crime -- and the subsequent U.S. supported cover-up -- in Afghanistan.

Congress Set to End Needle Exchange Funding Ban

Jirair Ratevosian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jirair Ratevosian

Lifting the 20-year ban on federal funding of needle exchange provides greater options for states and local jurisdictions that require new and effective tools to prevent the spread of HIV.

Zimbabwe's Poor Healthcare System Causing Humanitarian Crisis

NYCity News Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
NYCity News Service

The collapse of Zimbabwe's health system has created a humanitarian crisis where people are already suffering from a crippling hyperinflation and severe food, fuel and currency shortages.

Life in a Time of Cholera: Crisis in Zimbabwe

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arlene M. Roberts

When does denial of health care amount to a human rights violation? Zimbabwe is facing a humanitarian crisis. The cause of the crisis is a political one.

Renowned Doctors Among Four "Destroyed" in Iran

Jirair Ratevosian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jirair Ratevosian

The rights of doctors Arash Alaei and Kamiar Alaei have been violated and their commitment to public health has been misrepresented by the Iranian Government as a threat to their regime.

Zimbabwe's Ruined Healthcare System A 'Man-Made Disaster:' Report

Jirair Ratevosian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jirair Ratevosian

The healthcare crisis in Zimbabwe is a direct outcome of the malfeasance of the Robert Mugabe regime and the systematic violation of a wide range of human rights.

Mad about Madoff: the Lessons to Learn

Dave Belden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Belden

If cleaned up, Ponzi-free, derivative-free capitalism comes out of Madoff scandal, then good may yet come of his madness, and of our system.

A Bumpy Road to Health: Human Rights, Obama, and Lessons from Kenya

Rishi Manchanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rishi Manchanda

Kenya's health infrastructure remains thirsty for workers in a sea of relative plenty, and patients continue to pay the ultimate price.