President Obama today created a new interagency panel which can play a crucial role in preventing global mass atrocities. The Atrocities Prevention Board (ATB) will combat genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing.
PHR calls on the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the governing body of the Formula One, to hold a briefing conducted by human rights defenders and those familiar with the human rights situation in Bahrain.
PHR applauds President Obama for publicly expressing his concern for the well-being of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a detained Bahraini human rights defender who has been on a hunger strike for the past two months.
PHR is disappointed in the Libyan transitional authorities’ decision not to surrender Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, Muammar Qaddafi’s son who is wanted for crimes against humanity.
Syria’s failure to withdraw troops from urban areas this morning was a disappointment. The country had agreed to a withdrawal under a United Nations-brokered ceasefire. Rather than abide by its commitment, the Government of Syria has instead continued to attack civilians after the deadline.