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Special Rapporteur Mendez Assessing Torture Prohibition Measures in Tajikistan

05/10/2012

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Juan Méndez, is currently visiting Tajikistan to assess measures taken by the Tajik government to bring its torture prohibition legislation into compliance with international standards.

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House Republicans Set the Wrong Priorities for Immigration Detention

05/09/2012

The House Appropriations Committee reverses sensible changes in immigration detention policy in the Obama Administration's budget and allocates over half of ICE's budget for detention and removal.

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Sondra Crosby, MD

A Doctor's Response to Torture

04/23/2012

In the recent volume of the Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. Sondra Crosby—a PHR volunteer physician—describes her experience treating a former Guantánamo detainee who she calls “Rashid.” Rashid is a survivor of US torture.

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DHS Answers PHR’s Calls for Better Interpretation Services in Detention

04/09/2012

For many of the 34,000 immigrants detained each night by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), language is one of the major barriers to accessing services, including urgent medical care, in detention facilities.

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Bahraini Hunger Striker Force Fed? If So, It's Torture

03/31/2012

For the past seven weeks a well-known human rights activist in Bahrain has led a hunger strike protesting his imprisonment and torture at the hands of his captors. The forced feeding he has likely been subjected to is torture and must end immediately.

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