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Words From the Prisoners


Interviews with former Burmese political prisoners revealed that conditions in the prisons are both physically and psychologically degrading.

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


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


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


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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An Ongoing Human Rights Violation: Burma’s Prisons


Despite the Burmese government's official denial that it holds political prisoners, many Burmese activists remain imprisoned for their perceived or real involvement in resisting the junta government. While in jail, these prisoners have faced myriad human rights violations including torture and deprivation of healthcare.

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