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For Immediate Release

Abdulrazzaq al-Saiedi Joins PHR as Senior Researcher, Middle East and North Africa

Cambridge, Mass - 04/04/2011

Cambridge, Mass. – April 4, 2011 – PHR today announced that Abdulrazzaq al-Saiedi has joined the organization as Senior Researcher, Middle East and North Africa.

To this newly created position, al-Saiedi brings experience as a human rights researcher, freelance war correspondent, and political analyst. Most recently, al-Saiedi served as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he studied the impact of the Iraqi elections on the political and democratic processes in Iraq. Prior to his work at Harvard, he was a reporter for The New York Times Baghdad bureau.

“From Bahrain to Libya to Egypt, the events in Middle East and North Africa continue to be a source of grave concern for human rights organizations,” said Frank Donaghue CEO of Physicians for Human Rights. “Razzaq’s extensive expertise and frontline knowledge of these countries will help PHR to continue to call for justice and accountability in the region.”

Al-Saiedi has been a Researcher and Consultant to the International Crisis Group and a Consultant to the International Center for Transitional Justice. He is a contributor to the Global Post and the “At War” blog on NewYorkTimes.com.

“I am thrilled to be joining PHR during this pivotal time in the Middle East and North Africa’s history. It is an honor to be able to contribute to the important work of PHR as we investigate, document, and advocate on behalf of the citizens of this region,” said al-Saiedi.

Al-Saiedi received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Technology in Iraq and his MA in Public Administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was an Edward Mason Fellow. Previously, he was a Harvard University Nieman Fellow.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an independent organization that uses medicine and science to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. We are supported by the expertise and passion of health professionals and concerned citizens alike.

Since 1986, PHR has conducted investigations in more than 40 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, the United States, the former Yugoslavia, and Zimbabwe.

  • 1986 — Led investigations of torture in Chile gaining freedom for heroic doctors there
  • 1988 — First to document the Iraqi use of chemical weapons on Kurds providing               evidence for prosecution of war criminals
  • 1996 — Exhumed mass graves in the Balkans and Rwanda to provide evidence for               International Criminal Tribunals
  • 1997 — Shared the Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
  • 2003 — Warned US Policymakers on health and human rights conditions prior to and               during the invasion of Iraq
  • 2004 — Documented genocide and sexual violence in Darfur in support of international               prosecutions
  • 2010 — Investigated the epidemic of violence spread by Burma’s military junta
  • 2011 — Championed the principle of noninterference with medical services in times of               armed conflict and civil unrest during the Arab Spring
  • 2012 — Trained doctors, lawyers, police, and judges in the Democratic Republic of the               Congo, Kenya, and Syria on the proper collection of evidence in sexual               violence cases
  • 2013 — Won first prize in the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention with MediCapt, our               mobile app that documents evidence of torture and sexual violence

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