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President Obama's State of the Union Message Should Reestablish US as Human Rights Leader

02/12/2013

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.

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Findings of Newly Adopted Report on US Interrogation Should Be Made Public

12/13/2012

PHR applauds today’s decision by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to adopt a report documenting its three-year investigation of CIA interrogation practices—and calls on the committee to submit it for declassification review so that the public learns the report’s key findings.

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PHR Congratulates President Obama on His Reelection, Urges Administration to Strengthen US Human Rights Policies in Second Term

11/07/2012

PHR congratulates President Obama on his reelection. A second term provides an opportunity for the administration to strengthen US policies on a variety of important human rights issues, thereby fulfilling obligations incumbent upon the administration and completing the unfinished work of the first term.

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

09/25/2012

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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US Justice Department Closes the Door on Accountability in Torture Cases

08/31/2012

The US Justice Department’s decision to end its criminal investigation of the CIA’s torture of prisoners without bringing a single prosecution is a shameful setback in a sordid chapter of American history.

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