The cremation of tissue, organs, and other samples in the death investigation of 37-year-old lawyer Sergei Magnitsky appears to be a calculated attempt to prevent justice. Magnitsky died following 358 days in police custody in Moscow in November 2009.
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PHR is calling on President Obama to act on his promise to investigate the massacre of at least 2,000 suspected Taliban prisoners of war that occurred 10 years ago in Afghanistan. The prisoners were allegedly shot to death or suffocated in sealed metal truck containers at Dasht-e-Leili while being held by the US-backed Afghan Northern Alliance.
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In December 2001, Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance, with strong US backing consisting of special-forces units and CIA paramilitary operatives, were close to consolidating their control over the country. Then, in the north, as many as 2,000 prisoners who had surrendered to the Alliance or their American supporters were apparently shot to death or suffocated in sealed metal truck containers while being transferred to Afghanistan’s Sheberghan prison.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today renewed its calls for justice and accountability in Libya in the wake of questions surrounding the circumstances of Muammar Qaddafi’s death.
The U.S.-based organization Physicians for Human Rights says it is concerned by the official documentation related to the death in jail of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.