At the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing on the “Implementation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry Report”, Richard Sollom testified about PHR's investigation of Bahrain's use of toxic chemical agents ("tear gas") against civilians.
PHR is once again concerned about an escalation of violence and the use of toxic chemical agents against protesters in Bahrain. Our 2012 report documents the Bahrain government’s indiscriminate use of tear gas as a weapon.
The US Administration should support fundamental freedoms in Bahrain and join 27 member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council in signing a principled statement regarding the ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain.
Today the Supreme Court struck down three provisions of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, commonly known as SB 1070. While the Court unanimously upheld a provision requiring state law enforcement agents to determine the immigration status of any person they stop if they have “reasonable suspicion” that the person is in the US illegally, the Court left the door open for future challenges to that provision.
On World Refugee Day, PHR affirms its dedication to ending human rights violations and protecting the rights of refugees and displaced people. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that 800,000 people were forced to flee across borders last year, adding to a population of 15.2 million refugees worldwide.