Attacks on Health Care in Syria Topic of Final Human Rights Talk

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Susannah Sirkin

April 2017 - For the final talk in the Human Rights Studies lecture series at UC Davis this year, Susannah Sirkin, director of international policy and partnerships at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), will present "Killing Doctors in the War on Syria."

The talk, free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Museum of Art.

“The crisis in Syria has involved the most intense and directed and brutal attacks on health care and health workers that we have ever seen,” Sirkin told Newsweek. Sirkin oversees international policy engagement, including work with the United Nations, domestic and international justice systems and human rights coalitions. She joined PHR shortly after its founding in 1987 and created PHR’s initiative to stop sexual violence in conflict zones.

"PHR has been at the forefront of efforts to document and address the most egregious violations of human rights during the war in Syria,” said Keith David Watenpaugh, director of Human Rights Studies at UC Davis. “It has been committed to helping Syrians have access to medical care—as is their right—and laid the foundation for future efforts at justice for the violations of those rights."

Sirkin’s talk wraps up the well-received four-talk series.

"Attracting hundreds of students, faculty, community members and the press to UC Davis, the series has demonstrated that human rights needs lawyers, activists, historians, medical professionals and other disciplines and professions to succeed,” Watenpaugh said. “Human rights is the idea of our time; it is also the challenge of our generation—it needs all of us to work.”