Samer Jabbour, Professor of Practice in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) has been appointed to the Advisory Council of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). PHR is a US-based organization with a global reach and influence. It shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its role in the “International Campaign to Ban Landmines". Formed in 2019, PHR's Advisory Council includes a “diverse and distinguished group of medical, legal, and scientific leaders from around the world" to provide guidance and support to PHR in its work. Professor Jabbour is the only academic from the Global South on the Council.
Professor Jabbour has been collaborating with PHR for a number of years. In his capacity as co-chair of the Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria, he and a team from the Commission have worked on analysis of PHR data on attacks on health care in Syria. He has also provided advice to PHR on various issues including strategy for Syria work.
“PHR has done tremendous work at the intersection of health, justice and human rights, including in our region and we are greatly appreciative of this," stated Professor Jabbour, reflecting on the appointment that he considers as an “honor and privilege". “I look forward to providing all possible support to PHR and to learning from this role in global human rights towards strengthening health and human rights work in our region.“