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TASSC International to Honor PHR for Contributions to the Fight Against Torture

Cambridge, Mass - 03/25/2011

Cambridge, Mass. – March 25, 2011 – Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) will be honored by the Friends of Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC) for significant contributions to the struggle against torture and the treatment and healing of torture survivors. The fundraising and recognition awards dinner will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Virginia.

The evening’s other honorees are PHR Asylum Network volunteer Dr. Coleen Kivlahan, for her work with torture survivors, the J. Schmidt Free Clinic, and the organization Witness Against Torture.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our efforts to help the victims of US sanctioned torture and bring this dark part of America’s history to an end,” said Frank Donaghue, CEO of Physicians for Human Rights. “We are among great company in receiving this award, and with the continued help of this community, we can ensure that all officials involved in the authorization and implementation of torture and unethical human experimentation are held accountable for their actions.”

Torture survivor Frida Ngwa will be speaking at the event, and leading military critic of US torture policy retired Brigadier General Dr. Stephen Xenakis, will deliver the keynote, “The Struggle Against US Sponsored Torture.”

TASSC is founded by and for torture survivors, and works to end the practice of torture and to empower survivors, their families, and communities.

This event is open to the public. RSVP and purchase tickets here. All RSVPs must be received by April 8, 2011.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a New York-based advocacy organization that uses science and medicine to prevent mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. Learn more here.

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