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Key Step in Checking Chemical-Arms Use Is Also Hardest

New York Times

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


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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Libya Needs to Ensure Independence of Institution Responsible for Identifying the Missing


A new report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) points to improvements Libya should make to its system of exhuming, identifying, and reburying human remains to facilitate healing among grieving survivors and to ensure accountability for perpetrators of atrocities.

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Independent Investigation Needed to Assess Chemical Weapons Allegations in Syria


PHR is concerned over reports of chemical weapons being used in Syria, and calls for a thorough independent investigation to be conducted immediately.

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Congolese Warlord Bosco Ntaganda

Congolese Warlord Must Now Face ICC Trial on War Crimes Charges


PHR welcomes the news that notorious warlord Bosco Ntaganda has voluntarily entered US custody in Rwanda and agreed to face trial on war crime charges at the International Criminal Court.

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