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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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All Charges Against the Medical Professionals in Bahrain Must be Expunged

05/11/2012

Following the final day of the trial for 20 Bahraini medical professionals who were convicted of charges including occupying a hospital and attempting to overthrow the government, PHR today called for the court to expunge all politically motivated charges.

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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 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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