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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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PHR Calls on UN Security Council to Refer Situation in Syria to ICC

04/10/2012

Syria’s failure to withdraw troops from urban areas this morning was a disappointment. The country had agreed to a withdrawal under a United Nations-brokered ceasefire. Rather than abide by its commitment, the Government of Syria has instead continued to attack civilians after the deadline.

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PHR Applauds US for Delivering Aid to Opposition Groups Within Syria

03/26/2012

PHR applauds the US Administration for delivering aid, including medical supplies to opposition groups within Syria.

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Policy Statement

Recently Released Video Appears to Show Evidence of Torture at Hands of Syria’s Medical Professionals

03/08/2012

Recent news reports state that the UN special rapporteur on torture has said a video showing evidence of torture within Syrian hospitals, “is consistent with what my mandate (office) has been receiving over the last several months.” This documentation of gruesome attacks on injured patients, apparently captured on film by a hospital employee, is further evidence of the brutality unleashed on civilians by the Syrian government.

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Syrian protestors

Policy Statement

International Community Must Find Unified Response to Crisis in Syria

02/21/2012

As the bloodshed in Syria—which local organizations report has killed over 8,000 people so far—reaches new proportions daily, international actors have been unable to find an effective response to the crimes against humanity committed by the Assad regime.

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