Physicians for Human Rights

About Physicians for Human Rights

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) uses medicine and science to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. PHR was founded on the idea that physicians, scientists, and other health professionals possess unique skills that lend significant credibility to the investigation and documentation of human rights abuses. PHR’s specialized expertise is used to advocate for persecuted health workers, prevent torture, document mass atrocities, and hold those who violate human rights accountable. PHR’s work focuses on the physical and psychological effects of torture and sexual violence, the forensic documentation of attacks on civilians, the unnecessary and excessive use of force during civil unrest, and the protection of medical institutions and health professionals working on the frontline of human rights crises.

Work area

Research, Advocacy, Education, Campaigns, Activism, Lobbying


Through evidence, change is possible.

Country Offices

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Cambodia, Chad, China, Colombia, Congo, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kenya, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Palestine, Panama, Russia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Yemen, Zimbabwe


Founded: 1986
Location (HQ): United States
Scope: Global
Focus area: Toture

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About the author

Ada Hasanagic

Ada Hasanagić is a human rights professional currently working as a researcher at the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Previously, Ada graduated with honors from the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and the University of Buckingham in the fields of Political Science and International Relations. Also, she earned a master’s degree in Democracy and Human Rights from the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna.