With the help of Robert Kirchner of PHR, Nelson De Witt was reunited with his family in El Salvador, from whom he had been seperated during the country's civil war.
Following reports of Syria’s alleged use of landmines, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) called on Syria to immediately cease the use of landmines along the border with Lebanon and to begin de-mining procedures immediately. PHR also calls on Syria and the United States to sign the Mine Ban Treaty.
Villagers in Chin State are still facing forced labour and arbitrary extortion committed by Burma Army soldiers on patrol and local government authorities, sources from the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) said. Almost 92 percent of people surveyed in Chin State had been subjected to at least one incident of forced labour in the year before February/March 2010, according to a January 2011 report 'Life Under the Junta: Evidence of Crimes Against Humanity in Burma’s Chin State' by the Physicians for Human Rights.
In the aftermath of Libya's war, ethnic tensions are growing. Richard Sollom, deputy director of Physicians for Human Rights, said the interim government must quickly establish the rule of law and allow investigators from the International Criminal Court to examine allegations of war crimes by both sides.
Chin state, the poorest in Burma, is asking the government for assistance in dealing with poverty and famine. The state has also suffered from widespread human rights abuses, according to PHR research.