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PHR Alarmed by Proposed Trump Directives on Torture, Refugees

01/25/2017

Following today’s release of draft executive orders under consideration by U.S. President Donald J. Trump, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) warned that any attempts to undermine the absolute prohibition against torture, the ban on secret and unlawful detention, and U.S. obligations to protect refugees, particularly those from Syria and the greater Middle East, would be illegal, immoral, and harmful.

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Turkish Court Continues Baseless Case Against Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı

01/11/2017

A criminal court in Istanbul today again postponed the trial of prominent human rights defender Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey and a longtime friend and colleague of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Last spring, Dr. Fincancı and two co-defendants were arrested, briefly imprisoned, and charged for disseminating “terrorist propaganda” after taking part in a solidarity campaign with a newspaper critical of Turkey’s government. Proceedings will resume March 21. PHR today reiterated its call to drop all charges against Dr. Fincancı, her co-defendants, and other members of civil society who are being unjustly prosecuted.

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PHR Responds to Sessions Waterboarding Comments

01/10/2017

If confirmed as attorney general, Sessions will be responsible for upholding the law and must stand firm against any efforts to reintroduce such heinous practices. Any other stance would violate or circumvent the absolute ban on torture.

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PHR Welcomes UN Vote to Collect Syrian War Crimes Evidence

12/22/2016

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today welcomed the United Nations General Assembly’s vote to establish a group that will collect, preserve, and analyze evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses committed during the Syrian conflict. The team will ultimately prepare that evidence for future justice proceedings.

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Physicians for Human Rights Welcomes Preservation of Senate Torture Report

12/12/2016

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today welcomed the announcement that President Barack Obama will move to preserve the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on the U.S. torture program under the Presidential Records Act.

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