Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) uses science and medicine to stop human rights violations. phr.org
PHR is an independent organization that uses science and medicine to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. We use our investigations and expertise to advocate for the prevention of individual or small scale acts of violence from becoming mass atrocities, the protection of internationally-guaranteed rights of individuals and civilian populations, and the prosecution of those who violate human rights.
PHR has come to occupy an important position in the human rights movement. We focus on the critical role of forensic science, clinical medicine, and public health research in ensuring that human rights abuses are properly documented using the most rigorous scientific methodologies possible. Our experts use epidemiology, medical and psychological evaluations, autopsies, forensic anthropology, and crime scene analysis to document serious abuses, including murder, torture, rape, starvation, forced displacement, and civilian attacks. PHR’s human rights training and mentoring emphasize medicine and science as the foundation of every aspect of evidence collection, documentation, and implementation of international norms and standards. We provide credible evidence, data, and research to corroborate allegations of human rights violations not only to prevent future abuses, but also to ensure the prosecution of perpetrators by courts, tribunals, and truth commissions.
PHR shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. PHR has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.