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Obama's Decision to Suspend Deportations of DREAM-eligible Youth is a Step in the Right Direction

06/15/2012

PHR applauds President Obama's decision to suspend deportations of DREAM-eligible youth and allow them to apply for work authorization. Although this policy change is far from the full path to citizenship they deserve, it is definitely a step in the right direction.

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Ethnic Violence in Arakan State Burma is Condemned

06/13/2012

PHR condemns the recent ethnic clashes in Arakan State, Western Burma, and urges all parties to end the violence.

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State Department Issues Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

05/24/2012

Today the State Department released its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. PHR applauds Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Michael Posner, and the staff of the State Department for their tireless work in producing these reports, which catalog a number of human rights violations in nearly 200 countries during 2011.

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Under the Gun: Ongoing Assaults on Bahrain’s Health System

05/21/2012

In February 2011, the Government of Bahrain began targeting health professionals who treated protesters. In April 2012, PHR's Richard Sollom, Deputy Director, and Holly Atkinson, MD, FACP, past President of PHR's Board and volunteer expert, authored a report showing the devastation on Bahrain's health system that have resulted from the Government of Bahrain’s continued assault on doctors, patients, and the healthcare system.

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Restriction of Tear Gas Sales to Middle East and North Africa Countries is Positive Step

05/18/2012

Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced today an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that restricts the sale of tear gas and riot control items to Middle East and North Africa countries undergoing a transition to democracy. The amendment, which successfully passed the US House of Representatives, requires the Secretary of Defense to certify to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees that the security forces of such governments are not using excessive force to repress peaceful protesters before such items would be provided.

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