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World-Renowned HIV/AIDS Doctors Arrive in US


Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today announced the arrival of prominent Iranian AIDS doctors Arash Alaei and Kamiar Alaei in the US following 3 years in prison in Tehran. During their imprisonment, PHR spearheaded a 3-year international campaign which called for their release and engaged hundreds of leading AIDS experts, virologists and health organizations. In late 2010, Dr. Kamiar Alaei was released and Dr. Arash Alaei was released last month.

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PHR Encouraged by U.S. Government’s Decision to Delay Arms Sale to Bahrain in Response to Abuses


Following Physicians for Human Rights’ (PHR) call for the Obama Administration to halt a 53 million dollar arms sale to Bahrain, PHR today applauds the decision by the U.S. Government to delay the sale until it reviews Bahrain’s investigation of alleged human rights abuses and implementing reforms.

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Bahrain Attorney General’s Decision to Hold New Civilian Trials for Doctors Welcomed


Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today welcomed the decision by Bahrain’s Attorney General to hold civilian trials for 20 doctors who were sentenced last week as alleged backers of anti-government protests. While an important step towards achieving justice for the doctors, PHR is still troubled by allegations the medics were tortured while they were in detention.

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PHR Denounces Sentences Passed on Bahraini Medics and Protestors


PHR denounces the guilty verdicts and harsh sentences issued in Bahrain against 20 medical professionals and two protestors on September 29. The medics were convicted for providing care to protestors during the country’s popular uprising earlier this year. PHR calls on the government of Bahrain to set aside the verdicts and not carry out the sentences.

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PHR Welcomes Release of 14 Bahraini Medics from Detention and Urges Kingdom of Bahrain to Drop All Charges


Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes the news of the release of 14 Bahraini medics from detention, but remains concerned regarding their medical conditions and the still pending charges. PHR has continually called for their release from detention and recognizes that this news is a positive step forward for the well-being of the medics and their families. PHR now urges the Kingdom of Bahrain to drop all charges against the medics, who were arrested for providing care to protesters during the popular uprising earlier this year.

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