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For Immediate Release

PHR Welcomes Nomination of UN Ambassador

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Vesna Jaksic Lowe, MS

Media Relations Manager, New York
Tel: 917-679-0110

New York, NY - 06/06/2013

PHR welcomed the nomination of Samantha Power by the White House as the new US ambassador to the United Nations.

“Samantha Power has a direct understanding and vision for how the United Nations can support human security and well-being, and brings passion and expertise for human rights to this important role,” said Susannah Sirkin, PHR’s director of international policy and partnerships, and senior advisor. “Her engagement with victims of some of the worst human rights violations in recent memory is incredibly valuable in light of the ongoing need for states to prevent and stop mass atrocities. We hope her nomination signals the Administration’s renewed commitment to human rights globally, and look forward to what we hope is an ambitious agenda for the US mission to the UN.”

Power is a former journalist who reported from places such as Rwanda, Kosovo and Sudan. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her book “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,” which documents historic failures to stop genocide, and authored another significant book about a leading UN diplomat, the late Sergio Vieira de Mello. Power would replace Susan Rice, who will succeed Tom Donilon as national security adviser. Power’s nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

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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