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NY Anti-Torture Legislation Memorandum of Support

09/20/2011

PHR strongly supports New York bill A.6665 (Gottfried) and S.4495 (Duane), “An Act to amend the public health law, the education law and the labor law, in relation to prohibiting participation in torture and improper treatment of prisoners by health care professionals,” which will bar all health care professionals from participating in the torture or improper treatment and interrogation of prisoners, requires health care providers to report torture or improper treatment of prisoners to responsible authorities, and provides whistleblower protections for health care professionals who refuse to undertake prohibited acts and those who participate in investigations of lawbreaking.

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Man in Prison

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Punishment Before Justice: Indefinite Detention in the US

06/17/2011

The United States government’s reliance on indefinite detention in both national security and immigration contexts reflects an abdication of its legal and moral responsibility to treat those in its custody humanely, as well as an abdication of its responsibility to protect its military and civilians from retaliation on account of its continued refusal to honor the rule of law.

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Experiments in Torture

Experiments in Torture

06/01/2010

Following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Bush administration initiated new human intelligence collection programs. As part of these programs, the Bush administration redefined acts that had previously been recognized as illegal, to be "safe, legal and effective" "enhanced" interrogation techniques (EITs).

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Statement on Commission Relating to Detention, Treatment, and Transfer of Detainees

02/20/2009

We urge President Obama to appoint a non-partisan commission of distinguished Americans to examine, and provide a comprehensive report on, policies and actions related to the detention, treatment, and transfer of detainees after 9/11 and the consequences of those actions, and to make recommendations for future policy in this area.

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PHR Urges President-Elect Obama to Restore the Integrity of Military Medical Ethics

12/16/2008

PHR sent a letter calling on the Obama administration to restore the integrity of military medical ethics.

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