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The Need for Transparency in U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices

04/01/2014

This week, a group of senators will have the ability to move forward and acknowledge the U.S. government’s use of torture and prevent future abuse.

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Christy Fujio at a PHR Training

Sometimes Laughter is the Only Medicine

03/26/2014

The resilient spirit of the Syrian people is nowhere more evident than in the group of doctors and lawyers I recently spent an evening with in the Middle East. Their capacity to find joy in life, even during this horrific conflict, is remarkable.

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Remains of a Rebel Field Hospital in Syria

A Peaceful Syria Must Be Built on Foundation of Justice

01/21/2014

As members of the Syrian government, opposition forces, and international actors gather for Geneva II – the latest round of peace negotiations – it is crucial that all parties prioritize the end of systematic violations on medical care and targeted blockades of civilian communities.

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Calculating the Immeasurable: Somali Torture Victim Wins $15 Million in Civil Damages

08/23/2013

This week an Ohio judge awarded $15 million to Abukar Hassan Ahmed, a Somali constitutional law professor and human rights advocate, following a civil trial in which a Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) volunteer doctor delivered testimony crucial to the case.

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A Day to Honor Torture Survivors

06/26/2013

An Ethiopian man who sought asylum in the United States had been repeatedly beaten and tortured in his home country simply for engaging in protests against the government. A young Sudanese woman who was an outspoken human rights advocate bears scars from having been burned and beaten by her torturers; she now struggles to interact with people and is afraid of enclosed spaces like subway stations.

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