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Libyan Doctor with Sniper Victim

Policy Statement

New Medical Neutrality Exemption to “Material Support” Bar to Asylum is Applauded

11/14/2011

PHR commends Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s decision to create an exemption to the “material support” bar for health professionals who have provided medical assistance to wounded combatants. The decision is a major victory for health professionals who were forced to provide health care to alleged terrorists during armed conflict. Previously, medical professionals forced to provide care to members of terrorist organizations, some under the threat of torture or death, were denied asylum in the US.

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Stefan Schmitt examining forensic evidence, Libya 2011

Current Work

Physicians for Human Rights Calls for the Protection of Evidence of Atrocities in Libya

08/29/2011

Protecting evidence of any and all crime scenes from the unrest in Libya will ensure that independent investigations of alleged war crimes can take place. Without such protection, evidence of past atrocities, as well as those that have occurred during the recent conflict, may be lost.

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Independent Body Announced to Investigate Human Rights Abuses in Bahrain

06/29/2011

The establishment of this investigation commission, announced Wednesday, June 29, is a response to calls from PHR and other groups to investigate attacks on protesters and health professionals following popular protests in Bahrain earlier this year.

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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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Rubenstein, Allen, and Keller Statements to Helsinki Commission on Medical Evidence of Torture

07/25/2008

Dr. Allen Keller and PHR President Leonard Rubenstein appeared before the U.S. Helsinki Commission to make statements on the medical evidence of torture by U.S. personnel...

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