In fall 2009, I found myself in a Tanzanian hotel lobby, sitting across from Suleiman Abdallah, a lanky man with a goofy smile and a broken tooth. Over the next few days, he would describe in excruciating detail how he had been captured in Mogadish in 2003 by a Somali warlord and handed over to American officials, who had him rendered via Kenya and Djibouti to Afghanistan for five years of detention and torture.
In the News
PHR announced today that Senator Dianne Feinstein submitted PHR testimony from Dr. Scott Allen at a crucial Senate hearing on indefinite detention. Today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was focused on Senator Feinstein’s recent bill, “The Due Process Guarantee Act,” which is an attempt to counteract the authorization of indefinite detention which was legislated by the US Congress and signed into law by the President on December 31, 2011.
In a letter dated December 9, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) asked President Obama to make good on his promise to investigate the massacre of prisoners by the Northern Alliance, US allies.
Russian prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into two prison officials over the high-profile death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. The deputy governor and chief doctor at Butyrskaya prison in Moscow are suspected of negligence causing death.
Kristine Huskey has joined PHR as Director of the Anti-Torture Program. In this role, Huskey will be responsible for leading PHR’s investigations and reporting on the devastating consequences of torture on individuals, institutions, and society.