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Opening up to Myanmar: Proceed with Caution to Protect the People

GlobalPost
09/27/2012

Dr. Robert Lawrence and Dr. Adam Richards, PHR Board members, using a recent survey conducted by PHR, remind the world that while things are getting better in Burma, there is much more work to be done to achieve a more peaceful future.

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

National Immigrant Justice Center
09/25/2012

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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Karen Recruited for Army Labor

Radio Free Asia
09/07/2012

Burmese soldiers are forcing Karen villagers to work for them in eastern Burma despite moves by the government toward a ceasefire with ethnic rebels in the region, the Free Burma Rangers said Friday, after a fresh round of peace talks on troops’ conduct. The FBR report backs up PHR's recent findings that the Karen minority face a “constant threat” of forced labor and other rights violations.

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U.S. must reject Bahrain's nominee for the UN Human Rights Council

FreedomHouse.org
09/06/2012

PHR and 13 other human rights organizations signed this letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraging the US to oppose the Bahraini government’s nomination of Saeed Mohammed al-Faihani for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Advisory Committee, saying his appointment would undercut US efforts to bolster the reputation and credibility of that body.

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Will US personnel ever face torture charges?

Al-Jazeera
09/05/2012

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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