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Holocaust Remembrance Day 2012

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PHR Remembers Genocide Victims on the International Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust


Today marks the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau–a date designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. This year, the United Nations has chosen to focus on child victims of the Holocaust, which numbered over 1.5 million.

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Release of Political Prisoners in Burma is Positive Step


PHR welcomes the Government of Burma’s release of political prisoners. On Thursday more than 650 prisoners were released, including high-profile prisoners such as pro-democracy leaders Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi and Saffron Revolution leader U Gambira, according to estimates from PHR’s partner organizations. Releasing hundreds of political prisoner is a significant step forward for Burma, whose leaders have for decades responded to political activism with harsh prison sentences.

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Policy Statement

PHR Condemns President Obama’s Signing of National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 (NDAA)


Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) condemned today President Barack Obama’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 (NDAA). On the eve of 2012, President Obama signed the NDAA into law, making military indefinite detention in America permanent. Although the President’s signing statement expressed “serious reservations” about the provisions, the statement applies only to the current administration and does not impact how future administrations interpret the law.

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PHR Calls on President Obama to Veto National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 (NDAA)


PHR today calls on President Barack Obama to veto the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 (NDAA). The House and Senate conference report does not fix fundamental flaws found in the provisions regarding treatment of terrorism suspects.

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PHR Applauds Secretary Clinton for Addressing Ongoing Human Rights Violations in Burma


Following the release of Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR) report documenting human rights violations and humanitarian needs in Kachin State, northern Burma, PHR applauds Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for expressing concern about violence against ethnic groups in Burma.

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