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PHR Program Seeks to End Impunity for Torture in Kyrgyzstan


Although torture remains deeply embedded in the law enforcement and state security systems of the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, a new PHR briefing paper documents recent efforts to end impunity for torture, both by promoting policy changes and by improving the country’s local capacity to investigate, document, and prosecute such abuses.

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Scientific Assessment Crucial to Protecting Torture Victims, Experts Say at AAAS


For victims fleeing torture or persecution, gaining the sanctuary of asylum in the US often requires rigorous science-based assessment, experts said at a two-day training workshop at AAAS.

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New Report Exposes Inhumane Use of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention System


Immigrants in detention facilities around the United States are often subjected to punitive and long-term solitary confinement and denied meaningful avenues of appeal, according to an investigation by PHR and Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).

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First Exposure of Inhumane Use of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention System

National Immigrant Justice Center

NIJC and PHR surveyed conditions in more than a dozen detention centers and county jails that contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Our report is the first comprehensive examination of the effects of solitary confinement on immigration detainees.

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Will US personnel ever face torture charges?


Watch a panel discussion led by Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi discussing the decision of the Obama administration to abandon prosecution of US personnel accused of torturing prisoners while in US custody. PHR's Kristine Huskey participates in the panel with former CIA director of counter-terrorism Robert Grenier and human rights activist Scott Horton.

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