Physicians for Human Rights was awarded the eighth biennial Thomas J. Dodd Prize in Human Rights and International Justice on November 2, 2017.
Since 1986, Physicians for Human Rights has used medicine and science to document and ultimately prevent mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. They are fearless allies of the most vulnerable victims of abuse, tirelessly defending human rights on the ground in dangerous conflict zones, in the courtroom helping to hold perpetrators accountable, and in the public spheres advocating for policies that protect the dignity of all.
The pioneering efforts of Physicians for Human Rights has brought doctors, scientists, and other health professionals onto the frontlines of human rights protection and promotion, using forensic science, clinical medicine, and public health research to document torture, systematic abuse, and other crimes against humanity, as well as train and empower health professionals globally to investigate and prevent human rights violations. Their work has contributed to convictions for war crimes, torture, and extrajudicial killings, and helped to establish key professional standards for documenting abuses and new international legal norms for protecting rights. Combining courage, tenacity, and innovation, Physicians for Human Rights is a true leader in the global human rights movement.