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Activist refused entry into Bahrain

United Press International (UPI)
01/09/2012

Bahrain's government refused to allow an American human rights activist into the country, officials say. On Sunday, officials at the airport turned away Richard Sollom, deputy president of Physicians for Human Rights, who was hoping to observe the trial of 20 medical workers being charged with felonies for providing care for protesters.

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Syria, Bahrain and Middle East unrest - Monday 9 January

The Guardian
01/09/2012

An American activist who was refused entry to Bahrain on Sunday said he feared the 20 medics being re-tried for allegedly trying to overthrow the regime would be "scape-goated" by the authorities. Richard Sollom, who had flown in to the country with the intention of observing the medics' retrial today, told the Guardian he hoped international pressure would eventually force the King to quash the charges.

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National Day of Action Against Torture

Indymedia
01/05/2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 will mark the decade-long anniversary of the first detainees being jailed at the US-controlled detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The terrible conditions imposed upon detainees at Guantanamo has indelibly enshrined torture as a facet of US policy in violation of international law and universal moral ethics. A broad coalition of groups have called for a national day of action against torture.

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Kachin refugees in Myanmar get UN relief

Al Jazeera
12/19/2011

Bangkok, Thailand - Six months after fighting erupted between troops from Myanmar (also known as Burma) and ethnic Kachin separatists, international relief is finally trickling in for over 30,000 people who fled their homes near the snow-capped mountains north of the country. The United Nations-led relief effort began distributing "essential household items" on December 13 in Laiza, a town deep in the mountainous terrain under the control of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

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Burma's military junta accused of torturing and killing ethnic rebels

The Guardian
12/18/2011

The villagers scattered as machine guns raked the darkness, fleeing from the Burmese troops into the thick of the jungle. When day came they crept from their hiding places to find each other.

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