Seevak Human Rights and Social Justice Summer Fellowship

Seevak Fellowship

On some positions, cowardice asks the question, 'Is it expedient?' And then expedience comes along and asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' Conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an independent organization that uses medicine and science to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations against individuals. PHR was founded in 1986 on the idea that health professionals, with their specialized skills, ethical duties, and credible voices, are uniquely positioned to stop human rights violations. Today, they are focused on stopping mass atrocities (crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes) and acts that cause severe physical or mental harm to individuals (including torture and indefinite detention). PHR conducts medical and scientific investigations to obtain objective evidence and compelling human stories for a variety of targeted audiences. In partnership with local human rights organizations and other NGOs, their human rights experts meet with key representatives from governments, the United Nations, international courts, and regional groups like the African Union and the European Union. Our work is supported by the expertise and passion of 28,000 members, including health professionals and citizen activists from around the world.

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Proposed responsibilities include:

  • assisting staff in tracking and researching human rights violations in particular countries
  • participating in organizing campaigns and educational events on select human rights issues, such as anti-torture work
  • researching selected human rights issues
  • monitoring the media’s coverage of human rights issues
  • assisting the communications department in outreach to all forms of media (TV, radio, newspaper) and writing/editing blogs and web copy
  • other responsibilities as agreed upon with your mentor