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How Doctors Would Know If Syrians Were Hit With Nerve Gas

NPR.org
05/01/2013

President Obama affirmed Tuesday that there's evidence Syrians have been attacked with chemical weapons — in particular, nerve gas. But that's not the same as proof positive. So PHR is setting up a network to get fact sheets about chemical weapons into the hands of Syrian physicians.

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Syria

Independent Investigation and Forensic Protocols Are Key to Assessing Chemical Weapons Use

04/26/2013

Amid accumulating signs that chemical weapons may have been used recently in Syria, PHR repeats its call for a thorough independent investigation of such allegations to be conducted immediately that follows forensic protocols for handling evidence.

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Dr. Fowler examines bones

Afghanistan Must Bolster Its Capacity to Identify the Missing, PHR Declares in New Report

04/24/2013

A new report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) released at a conference in Kabul today on “Truth Seeking and the Role of Forensic Science” outlines steps that Afghanistan can take if it is to make progress in addressing the right to truth of victims of more than three decades of violent conflict by identifying missing and disappeared persons.

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Key Step in Checking Chemical-Arms Use Is Also Hardest

New York Times
04/23/2013

The most important step in conclusively determining whether chemical weapons have been used is for independent experts to get prompt, unfettered access to the site of the suspected attack, according to Physicians for Human Rights, the American organization that was one of the first to document Iraq’s use of poison gas against its Kurdish population in 1988.

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Destruction in Meiktila, Burma

Burma’s Leaders Should Take Steps to Investigate and Prevent Anti-Muslim Violence

04/05/2013

PHR calls on Burma’s government to act urgently to halt anti-Muslim incitement and to invite international investigators to launch an immediate independent investigation into a reported massacre of more than two dozen Muslim students in Meiktila on March 21.

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