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White House Committed to Closing Guantanamo


The White House recently reaffirmed its commitment to closing Guantanamo—a commitment President Obama made almost three years ago when he signed an executive order mandating its closure within a year.

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PHR Remembers Victims of September 11 Attacks and Thanks All Who Fight for Human Rights


PHR marks the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 by remembering the victims of the brutal terrorist attacks and thanking all those who continue to fight for human rights.

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The DSK Effect: Immigrant Victims Fear Reporting Crimes


This week, sexual assault charges against former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, were dropped due to concerns about the credibility of his accuser, Nafissatou Diallo. The inconsistency of Diallo’s narrative, as well as lies contained in her asylum application, led the prosecution to conclude that its case was in jeopardy. Due to the attack on her credibility, the truth regarding what happened in that Manhattan hotel room will never be known. What does this mean for other immigrants who fall victim to crime in the US?

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New Immigration Policy is Only Public Relations Smokescreen


Yesterday’s announcement from the Obama administration that “prosecutorial discretion” should be used to allow undocumented students to stay in the US, and that enforcement efforts should instead focus on deportation of criminals, is little more than a public relations smokescreen. Ever since the Administration confirmed that states may no longer opt out of Secure Communities, advocates have come down hard on President Obama for failing to live up to promises made to immigrant communities in the US.

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New York Court Refuses to Look at Psychologist’s Role at Guantanamo


Did a psychologist violate his professional ethics when he developed abusive interrogation techniques for use on Guantanamo Bay detainees? Last week, a New York state court dismissed a petition which would have forced the New York Office of Professional Discipline to answer that question.

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