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Guantanamo Detainee Being Escorted to Cell

Closing Guantánamo Is Imperative, But Not Enough


During President Obama’s State of the Union address, he reaffirmed his commitment to closing the notorious prison at Guantánamo: Since I’ve been president, we’ve worked responsibly to cut the population of Gitmo in half. Now it is time to finish the job, and I will not relent in my determination to shut it down. It is not who we are. It’s time to close Gitmo.

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Doctor in Aleppo, Syria

Documentation Vital to Ending Attacks on Health Care Workers


2014 was a distressing year for health care workers in conflict areas around the world, as attacks on medical professionals and facilities were carried out in numerous countries. As these attacks continue, they must be appropriately documented in order to increase available information, raise awareness, and find appropriate solutions that facilitate accountability and ultimately prevent future violence.

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Women in DRC

A Crime against our Humanity


Today, the 65th annual celebration of Human Rights Day, we must reflect on the need to treat sexual violence as a pressing human rights concern.

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Police Officers at Minova Training

The Lasting Effects of Sexual Violence


I remember my feelings of shock and helplessness after learning about traumatic fistula, which – in addition to its debilitating physical symptoms – leads victims to be shunned and isolated from their communities. Traumatic fistulas are common in conflict and post-conflict settings, and are often the result of violent rape coupled with deliberate damage.

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Bahraini Women Protest

Will Bahrain Get Away with It Again?


As the Bahraini authorities continue to violate human rights and target rights defenders, the United States should leverage the re-admission of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski to Bahrain as an opportunity to ask the Bahraini government to fulfill their international human rights obligations.

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