PHR in the News
Doctors Arash and Kamiar Alaei were honored at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, on July 22 with the first Elizabeth Taylor award for their efforts to advocate for people with HIV and to prevent its transmission. PHR led a successful three-year international campaign to free the doctors following their arrest and imprisonment in their native Iran.
Kristine Huskey appeared on the Arab-language program, Alyoum ("Today"), to discuss the legal and political issues around torture of individuals in detention. The interview with Kristine begins at the 5:45 mark. Please note: the program is in Arabic.
In fall 2009, I found myself in a Tanzanian hotel lobby, sitting across from Suleiman Abdallah, a lanky man with a goofy smile and a broken tooth. Over the next few days, he would describe in excruciating detail how he had been captured in Mogadish in 2003 by a Somali warlord and handed over to American officials, who had him rendered via Kenya and Djibouti to Afghanistan for five years of detention and torture.
On World Refugee Day, a respected Bangladeshi academic speaks out against his country's policy of denying refuge to Rohingya people fleeing violence in Western Burma.
The aid organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) was forced to suspend operations in Arakan State, Burma last week because of the escalating vioence there. MSF issued a statement today expressing concern that victims of the violence may not have access to healthcare.