PHR in the News
Washington Post editorial cites PHR's "Weaponizing Tear Gas" report in calling for tougher US policy on Bahrain government hard-liners. The Post says the Obama administration's resumption of military sales to a regime that has been a close US ally has not paid off. Bahrain remains locked in a standoff between a largely intransigent government and a slowly radicalizing opposition — and the regime has failed to fulfill its repeated pledges to end repression of peaceful dissent and undertake meaningful reforms.
Two Iranian-born physicians - Kamiar Alaei and his brother, Arash Alaei - received the inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award on the opening day of the 19th annual International AIDS Conference, held July 22-27 in Washington.
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.