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Nerve Agent Exposure and Collection of Forensic Evidence


PHR has compiled this information packet on chemical weapons evidence collection to provide an overview of how professional investigators may go about documenting evidence of chemical warfare agents use and exposure. Evidence collection of the use of such weapons requires highly specialized procedures and equipment.

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PHR Anti-Torture Expert Stephen N. Xenakis Testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee on Closing Guantananmo


Dr. Stephen N. Xenakis testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Closing Guantanamo: The National Security, Fiscal, and Human Rights Implications, on July 24, 2013. Read his full testimony here.

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PHR Experts Urge Somalia’s President to Halt Use of Discredited Medical Test


In a letter to Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, two PHR medical advisors who are experts in sexual violence evaluations urge him to void the use of unscientific medical evidence used to convict a Somali woman of making a false claim of having been gang-raped by soldiers. Both the woman and a journalist who interviewed her have been sentenced to a year in prison.

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Richard Sollom Testifies Before Lantos Human Rights Commission on Bahrain's Use of Tear Gas


At the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing on the “Implementation of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry Report”, Richard Sollom testified about PHR's investigation of Bahrain's use of toxic chemical agents ("tear gas") against civilians.

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Reassessing Solitary Confinement: The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences


Physicians for Human Rights urges members of Congress to work towards ending the use of solitary confinement in all facilities under federal jurisdiction, including federal prisons, immigration detention facilities, and national security detention facilities, in all but the most extreme cases.

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