As the international community looks to Bahrain on the one-year anniversary of the popular protests in the country, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today called on the Government of Bahrain to support freedom of expression and resist a violent response to protests.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with enforcing immigration laws and running immigration detention centers, announced on Thursday that it is creating a Public Advocate post to address complaints regarding immigration enforcement.
Over the weekend, the US administration chose to move forward with the sale of military equipment to Bahrain, despite the fact that tear gas assaults on minority Shi’a neighborhoods recently took the life of a 6-day-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. Such a sale, even if it does not include weapons, sends the wrong message to the people of Bahrain who are protesting government oppression.
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PHR today announced that Donna McKay will join the organization as Executive Director in February 2012. She will be based in Cambridge, Mass. A committed human rights activist, Ms. McKay brings more than 20 years of international and domestic nonprofit experience to PHR.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today called the trial of Bahraini medics accused of overthrowing the regime and other felonies “severely flawed.” Despite allegations that the doctors’ confessions were obtained through torture, the prosecutor refused to confirm that he will drop the doctors’ confessions during today’s trial.