Over the weekend The New York Times published an editorial addressing public criticism for the paper's inconsistent use of the word "torture" to characterize the Bush Administration's interrogations techniques. Last week, PHR submitted a letter to the editor on this very topic.
As the 60th Anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees approaches, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has affirmed its commitment to better address protection gaps created by modern forms of forced displacement.
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Advocates cheered in 1996 when a landmark case, In re Kasinga, recognized that female genital mutilation (FGM) could be a basis for asylum. Ms. Kasinga was granted protection based on her membership in the social group of young women in her tribe who oppose FGM and have not yet been subjected to it.
In an article published yesterday by PLoS Medicine, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) experts showed that medical doctors and mental health personnel at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, neglected or concealed medical evidence of torture and ill treatment including bone fractures, lacerations, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.