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Charles Taylor, ex-President of Liberia, at The Hague, April 2012

Charles Taylor Guilty as Charged: PHR Welcomes Historic Verdict


Today, the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) found Charles Taylor guilty of aiding and abetting in 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder and mutilation of civilians, rape and sexual slavery, forced labor, and abduction and conscription of children to serve as child soldiers during the conflict in Sierra Leone. Taylor, the Former President of Liberia, is the first head of state to be convicted by an international court.

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Darfur nine years on: murder in a media vacuum

New Statesman

The New Statesman reports on PHR's recent brief on Darfur, detailing the widespread attacks that take place in the absence of active armed conflict.

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Rights Groups Question Easing of US Sanctions on Burma

Voice of America

PHR and other notable human rights groups sent a letter to President Obama questioning his decision to ease sanctions on Burma.

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Lifting Sanctions on Burma's Regime Would be a Mistake

United to End Genocide blog

Because of last week's election of Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi — who spent years under house arrest, and sometimes in prison, fighting for democracy and justice — to parliament, calls have grown all week for all economic sanctions and international pressure on the Burmese regime to be lifted. Doing so would be a huge mistake.

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Burma’s Uncertain Future

The New Yorker

A story on "Burma's Uncertain Future," in which The New Yorker discusses Burma's recent incremental human rights improvements and fragile democracy includes findings from PHR's report on government attacks on Kachin as an example of how far the country still needs to go.

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