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The Human Cost of Guantánamo

This month marks the 14th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo Bay detention center, the most visible symbol of U.S. torture and injustice around the world. President Obama has called the prison a “sad chapter in American history.” Unfortunately, Guantánamo is still open – and so is this sad chapter.

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Refugees in Slovenia

Courageous Refugees, Cowardly Politicians

I came to Europe to bear witness to the overwhelming numbers of children, women, and men searching for safety and a future far from the bombs that have devastated their homes in Syria. I joined the Nobel Women's Initiative to meet with some of these courageous refugees and listened to their stories.

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A Year After Torture Report, Impunity Persists

The U.S. government must investigate and prosecute all those responsible for the CIA’s unlawful torture program, provide redress to victims, and release the full Senate torture report, PHR said in a briefing paper.

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Syrian Rescue Workers

Less Than a Third of Aleppo’s Hospitals Functioning; 95% of Doctors Have Fled, Been Detained or Killed

The Syrian government’s assault on eastern Aleppo city, which includes 45 attacks on medical facilities in the past three years, has decimated the city’s health care system.

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Glass Half Full in Myanmar

The NLD victory and the fact that the military has not intervened is surely a positive sign in Myanmar, but in a lot of ways the hardest work remains to be done.

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Russia Fanning the Flames in Syria

Russia’s entrance into the Syrian conflict has made an already grim situation far worse... the nature of Russia’s military attacks, in step with Bashar al-Assad’s strategies, signals a new level of deterioration in the conflict.

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PHR Welcomes APA’s Call to Remove Psychologists from Guantánamo and National Security Interrogations

PHR welcomed the American Psychological Association’s request that the U.S. government withdraw all psychologists from national security interrogation roles and from Guantánamo Bay and other detention settings that operate in violation of international law.

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Post-election Violence in Kenya

‘Someone banged on my door’: 7 years after election rapes, justice still missing for Kenya survivors

Following the elections in late 2007, Kenya endured significant atrocities, including murder, ethnic cleansing, and rape... years after that violent crisis, women are still seeking justice.

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Israel’s Plan to Force-Feed Hunger-Striking Journalist Violates Medical Ethics and International Law

PHR denounced Israel’s decision to force-feed a Palestinian hunger striker, stating that any health professional participation in such a practice violates the ban on torture and ill-treatment in medical ethics and international law.

2015 Marks Worst Year for Attacks on Hospitals in Syria

This year has been the worst on record for attacks on medical facilities in Syria, with government forces responsible for most of the 112 attacks, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said today. The figure only includes attacks through November and represents a 25 percent increase over the previous high of 89 attacks in 2012.

Governors Who Say They Will Close Doors on Syrian Refugees Pander to Fear and Ignorance

PHR is appalled by the declarations of the U.S. governors of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, that they will not allow Syrian refugees to resettle in their states.

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Protecting Syria's civilians: another discarded New Year's resolution? (January 11, 2016)

It's been just three weeks since the UN Security Council adopted its latest resolution on the conflict in Syria, re-authorizing cross-border delivery routes for humanitarian aid and promising - once again - to take "further measures" if the parties to the conflict do not comply with international humanitarian law.

Guantánamo: A Badge of Shame (January 7, 2016)

Fourteen years ago, the U.S. government opened Guantánamo Bay detention facility in an effort to create a place beyond the reach of the law and the Constitution -- a place where the absolute prohibition against torture and ill-treatment could be violated with impunity. Today, the consequences of that pernicious move are being felt in every corner of the United States.

The Dark Side of Forensics in Tunisia (December 18, 2015)

This week, Tunisia celebrates the fifth anniversary of the uprising that led to the Arab Spring. It is, however, concerning to observe that, five years after the start of the revolution, human rights violations are still taking place, and abusive laws dating back to the dictatorship are still in effect.

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Aleppo Abandoned (November 2015)

The Syrian government’s ongoing assault on health care is one of the most egregious the world has ever seen. This report focuses specifically on the state of health care in eastern Aleppo city and tells a story of courage and resilience in the face of tremendous human suffering and loss.

Physicians for Human Rights Statement on Attacks in Beirut, Paris, and the Sinai (November 2015)

The attacks of the last few days in Beirut and Paris that have killed and injured hundreds of people, and the earlier shooting down of a Russian passenger airplane leaving Egypt, were depraved acts of inhumanity Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said today.

Hossam Bahgat Released (November 2015)

PHR welcomes the release of journalist Hossam Bahgat, and called on Egyptian authorities to release other civilians unlawfully detained for exercising their rights.

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