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As the revolutions collectively known as “the Arab Spring” have rocked the Middle East and North Africa, medical professionals have often been caught in the crossfire. PHR's Richard Sollom joins WHYY NPR in Philadelphia to discuss doctors under siege in the Arab world, and the pursuit of “medical neutrality” on Capitol Hill and in the United Nations.
On November 9, 2011 Physicians for Human Rights welcomed brothers Doctors Arash and Kamiar Alaei to the National Press Club in Washington, DC for one of their first joint public appearances since their release from Evin prison in Tehran, Iran.
Physicians for Human Rights recently announced the arrival of prominent Iranian AIDS doctors Arash Alaei and Kamiar Alaei in the US following 3 years in prison in Tehran. During their imprisonment, PHR spearheaded a 3-year international campaign which called for their release and engaged hundreds of leading AIDS experts, virologists and health organizations. In late 2010, Dr. Kamiar Alaei was released and Dr. Arash Alaei was released last month. On October 22, 2011 the brothers were interviewed by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN.
On September 29, guilty verdicts and harsh sentences were issued in Bahrain against 20 medical professionals and two protestors who were convicted for providing care to protestors during the country's popular uprising earlier this year. PHR's Chief Policy Officer, Hans Hogrefe, appeared on BBC World News on to discuss the draconian sentences.
On August 30, the United Nations marked the first International Day of the Disappeared. BBC radio's World Service interviewed PHR's Stefan Schmitt about identifying victims of the Rwandan genocide.