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Scientific Assessment Crucial to Protecting Torture Victims, Experts Say at AAAS

AAAS News
10/11/2012

For victims fleeing torture or persecution, gaining the sanctuary of asylum in the US often requires rigorous science-based assessment, experts said at a two-day training workshop at AAAS.

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New Report Exposes Inhumane Use of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention System

09/25/2012

Immigrants in detention facilities around the United States are often subjected to punitive and long-term solitary confinement and denied meaningful avenues of appeal, according to an investigation by PHR and Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).

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Policy Statement

Dozens of Organizations Urge Member States to Accede to Statelessness Conventions

Refugees International
09/01/2012

PHR and other right groups urge UN member states to adopt resolutions aimed at preventing statelessness. The two resolutions provide for an avenue for women to secure nationality for their families and remove barriers that keep women and families from enjoying the benefits of nationality.

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Iran denies medical care to quell dissent

The Lancet
05/09/2012

Christy Fujio, Asylum Program Director at PHR, expresses concern in a recent Lancet article at reports emerging from Iran indicating the government is denying medical care to political prisoners. “The Iranian Government wants to break peoples' spirits, they want to set an example”, she said. “They do this overtly through torture, but they also do it more subtly by denying care and allowing people to suffer from their injuries.”

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Press Release

Republican Congressmen Mock Immigration Detention as a ‘Holiday’ for Immigrants

03/29/2012

At a Congressional hearing yesterday, Republican committee members attempted to portray immigration detention as a “vacation” for undocumented immigrants. “Nobody who has spent even a minute in an immigration detention facility would characterize it as a ‘holiday,’” said PHR's Christy Fujio “Detention center conditions are often worse a criminal jail. Nobody wants to be there.”

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