Stuart Kelter interviews Susannah Sirkin, the director of policy and a senior advisor at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), where she has worked since 1987. From 1992 to 2001 she served as a member of the Coordination Committee of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which was the co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Peace. She has organized health and human rights investigations in dozens of countries, documenting genocide and systematic rape in Darfur, Sudan; exhumations of mass graves in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda; attacks on health care facilities in Syria, Yemen, and other war zones; and Saddam Hussein’s use of chemical weapons against Iraqi Kurds in the 1980s. In 2019 and again in 2020, she addressed the U.N. Security Council about the deliberate targeting of hospitals in Syria.
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