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.
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.
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.
A coalition of human rights, religious, civil liberties and immigration rights groups, including Physicians for Human Rights, voiced their opposition to Amendment 3018 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a letter sent today to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California).