PHR's statement made in May 2010 to the US Senate in support of the Refugee Protection Act of 2010, in honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, 2010.
Six months after the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, refugee advocates in Florida and around the country continue to ask themselves how defenders of justice should respond to the incarceration of a group of Haitian earthquake survivors for doing nothing more than following orders from American military personnel.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act became law in 2003, but it was not until earlier this year that regulations to implement the law were proposed to be enacted by the Department of Justice. In early May, Physicians for Human Rights submitted comments in support of these proposed standards to prevent, and offer treatment to victims of, sexual abuse in prison.
On Thursday the New York Times reported the alarming and deeply troubling news that Malawi sentenced Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, a gay couple, to 14 years in prison and hard labor.
In an immigration detention system known for its disregard of even basic needs, Francisco Castaneda's case stands out as a prime example of the US government’s indifference to health and human rights.