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PHR Calls on Government of Bahrain to Release Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

04/05/2012

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a Bahraini human rights defender and democracy activist who reportedly faces death after a nearly two-month long hunger strike, must immediately be released.

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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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US Should Withhold Military Assistance to Egypt

03/23/2012

PHR expressed concern today regarding a State Department announcement that the US will reinstate $1.3 billion in military assistance to Egypt. The funds had been withheld during the country’s attacks on civilians and several US-based groups that had long operated in Egypt.

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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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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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