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Karen Recruited for Army Labor

Radio Free Asia

Burmese soldiers are forcing Karen villagers to work for them in eastern Burma despite moves by the government toward a ceasefire with ethnic rebels in the region, the Free Burma Rangers said Friday, after a fresh round of peace talks on troops’ conduct. The FBR report backs up PHR's recent findings that the Karen minority face a “constant threat” of forced labor and other rights violations.

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U.S. must reject Bahrain's nominee for the UN Human Rights Council

PHR and 13 other human rights organizations signed this letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraging the US to oppose the Bahraini government’s nomination of Saeed Mohammed al-Faihani for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Advisory Committee, saying his appointment would undercut US efforts to bolster the reputation and credibility of that body.

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UK Parliament's Early Day Motion Condemns Bahrain's Use of Teargas Against Civilians

Referencing PHR's report Weaponizing Tear Gas, the UK Parliament calls upon the UK government to "ensure that human rights concerns form the centre-point of all discussions with the Bahraini government until such time that the human rights situation in that country improves."

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Burma: Come Home But Be Quiet


On Thursday, 30 August, the office of President Thein Sein released the names of some 2,000 people who were removed from Burma’s infamous blacklist. But no assurances were given for exiles on their future, safety, or dignity in Burma.

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Sexual Violence in the Syrian Conflict

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Syria has been in conflict since March of 2011, when anti-government forces began a movement to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and his Ba’ath Party. The fighting has left indelible scars on the country as government and opposition forces battle it out in small towns and large cities. Rape is, sadly, part of the tragic landscape. Physicians for Human Rights, among other human rights organizations, is looking at post-conflict interventions, trying to evaluate how to best treat people and to understand the cultural differences that impact such treatment.

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