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Handcuffed Detainee at Guantanamo

We have evaluated torture survivors. Gina Haspel cannot head the CIA.

05/07/2018

For years, much has been reported on the abhorrent practice of waterboarding during the United States’ “War on Terror” – but, until recently, less has been said about other forms of torture that were perpetrated by Americans on CIA detainees. With the nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA director, the spotlight has now been shone on a notorious CIA “black site” prison, the name and location of which are widely known in open sources but which officially remain classified.

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10 Reasons Health Professionals Should Oppose Gina Haspel as CIA Director

04/27/2018

On May 9, the Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a confirmation hearing to consider Gina Haspel, Trump’s pick to head the CIA. A fair hearing is impossible, given the agency’s campaign to ensure Haspel’s promotion and conceal her involvement in its post-9/11 torture program.

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Rohingya girl migrating

Under Attack at Home and Refused Refuge Abroad

04/25/2018

Despite horrific conditions in their war-torn home, just 11 Syrian refugees were admitted to the United States this year. Today, the Supreme Court began to review the constitutionality of the Trump administration’s travel ban, a discriminatory policy that endangers the right to seek asylum.

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Combating Impunity: How We Risk Normalizing Chemical Weapons Attacks and Other War Crimes in Syria

04/18/2018

For the past seven years, the Syrian conflict has proven to be one of the most complex and brutal wars in recent history. As targeted attacks on health care continue and chemical attacks are carried out with impunity, do we risk normalizing egregious violations of humanitarian law?

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Yemen and Syria Rules of Combat: Is Blatant Disregard for Humanitarian Norms the New Normal?

03/26/2018

At the most basic level, international humanitarian law asserts that, while war unquestionably jeopardizes civilian wellbeing, it should not prevent the maintenance of health care amidst the chaos of the conflict. The end goal is to minimize cruelty.

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