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Doing Harm: Health Professionals’ Central Role in the CIA Torture Program


This analysis by PHR of the SSCI report’s executive summary builds on years of investigation and research documenting the systematic use of torture by the United States.

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Aiding Torture

Aiding Torture: Health Professionals' Ethics and Human Rights Violations Demonstrated in the May 2004 CIA Inspector General's Report


This 6-page white paper shows that the extent to which American doctors and psychologists violated human rights and betrayed the ethical standards of their professions by designing, implementing, and legitimizing a worldwide torture program, is worse than previously known.

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asylum seekers

From Persecution to Prison


The practice of imprisoning asylum seekers who flee to America to escape torture, abuse, and persecution in their own countries has damaging effects on the well-being of these individuals. Detention can induce fear, isolation, and hopelessness, and exacerbate the severe psychological distress frequently exhibited by asylum seekers who are already traumatized.

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War Crimes in Kosovo


The Kosovo crisis resulted in the largest population displacement in Europe since the Second World War. Journalists and human rights researchers investigated, documented, and reported many individual accounts of human rights violations taking place in Kosovo. PHR and Columbia University designed this study to establish patterns of human rights violations among Kosovar refugees by Serb forces, using a population-based approach.

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Striking Hard


Chinese authorities in Tibet routinely use torture as a means of political repression, punishment and intimidation. PHR documents the physical and psychological affects of torture committed by Chinese authorities in Tibet through interviews with Tibetans who have fled to India.

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