As a hunger strike by dozens of detainees held at Guantánamo Bay enters its third month, PHR calls on President Obama to take immediate steps to free those who have been cleared for release and to treat remaining detainees in conformance with ethical guidelines and international law.
Thousands of people awaiting immigration hearings in the US detention system are routinely held in solitary confinement, which can cause serious and lasting psychological and physiological harm, PHR says in a new report.
Government doctors in Sudan amputated a man's hand and foot to carry out a sentence for robbery, rights groups said on Wednesday, describing the extremely rare punishment as a form of torture. ..."Cross amputation is a form of state-sponsored torture," said Vincent Iacopino, senior medical adviser at Physicians for Human Rights.
Credible sources in Sudan have reported that government doctors amputated a man’s right hand and left foot by court order in Khartoum on February 14, 2013, in violation of the absolute prohibition on torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishments, four human rights groups said today.
PHR strongly urges President Obama to take the opportunity of tonight’s State of the Union address to lay out his human rights agenda. He should explain how he will uphold these core human rights values of the United States and insure that his policies will extend beyond his administration, so that the US once again becomes a beacon for human rights around the world.