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PHR Calls on President Obama to Veto National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 (NDAA)

12/13/2011

PHR today calls on President Barack Obama to veto the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 (NDAA). The House and Senate conference report does not fix fundamental flaws found in the provisions regarding treatment of terrorism suspects.

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PHR Applauds Secretary Clinton for Addressing Ongoing Human Rights Violations in Burma

12/01/2011

Following the release of Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR) report documenting human rights violations and humanitarian needs in Kachin State, northern Burma, PHR applauds Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for expressing concern about violence against ethnic groups in Burma.

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Kachin women

Under Siege in Kachin State, Burma

11/30/2011

In September 2011, PHR conducted an investigation in Burma’s Kachin State in response to reports of grave human rights violations in the region. PHR found that between June and September 2011, the Burmese army looted food from civilians, fired indiscriminately into villages, threatened villages with attacks, and used civilians as porters and human minesweepers.

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Paul Epstein, MD, MPH

Mourning the Untimely Loss of Dr. Paul Epstein

11/15/2011

PHR mourns the untimely loss of Dr. Paul Epstein, one of our pioneering medical activists, former board and executive committee member. Paul joined PHR's board in 1987 soon after the organization's launch, and participated in several landmark assessments.

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Libyan Doctor with Sniper Victim

Policy Statement

New Medical Neutrality Exemption to “Material Support” Bar to Asylum is Applauded

11/14/2011

PHR commends Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s decision to create an exemption to the “material support” bar for health professionals who have provided medical assistance to wounded combatants. The decision is a major victory for health professionals who were forced to provide health care to alleged terrorists during armed conflict. Previously, medical professionals forced to provide care to members of terrorist organizations, some under the threat of torture or death, were denied asylum in the US.

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