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Imprisoning Relief Workers: Understanding the Aftermath of Cyclone Nargis

02/07/2012

In the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in 2008, the Burmese military junta government refused to allow international aid to enter the country, and even handed large prison sentences to Burmese individuals who had stepped forward to help their fellow citizens.

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From Bad to Worse: Health in Burma's Prisons

02/07/2012

Due to substandard living conditions in Burma's prisons, infectious diseases and chronic conditions are rampant among the detainee population.

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As Situation in Syria Worsens, U.S. Embassy in Damascus Closes

02/07/2012

As the situation in Syria devolves, Russia and China should see that they have chosen the wrong side of history with their recent veto of a U.N. Security Council resolution designed to end the atrocities in Syria.

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Kalehe Tribunal (Women with backs to Camera)

Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe toward Justice: Prosecuting Mass Rape in the DRC

02/06/2012

This past October, PHR’s Deputy Director Susannah Sirkin and I had the opportunity to sit in on an appeals hearing in Kaléhé, a small village in South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for a case concerning abduction, mass rape, sexual enslavement, and murder.

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U.N. Special Rapporteur to Visit Burma

02/03/2012

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Burma, Tomas Ojea Quintana, is visiting Burma this week to assess the country’s recent changes and to determine if the changes are leading to a realization of the citizens’ human rights.

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