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Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
www.csce.gov
July 21, 2008

U.S. HELSINKI COMMISSION TO HOLD BRIEFING ON THE MEDICAL EVIDENCE OF TORTURE BY U.S. PERSONNEL

Physicians for Human Rights to Present Its Recent Report “Broken Laws, Broken Lives”


(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), and Co-Chairman Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), will hold a briefing on the medical evidence of torture of detainees by U.S. personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay on Thursday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m. in room 311 of the Cannon House Office Building.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) will present its recently released report entitled, “Broken Laws, Broken Lives,” which documents torture by U.S. personnel and its impact.

PHR mobilizes health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, public health specialists, and scientists to investigate human rights abuses worldwide. For more information about PHR and to view the entire report, please visit www.physiciansforhumanrights.org.

PANELISTS

Leonard Rubenstein, J.D., President, Physicians for Human Rights

Allen Keller, M.D., Advisor to Physicians for Human Rights and Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture


The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.
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From left, Rep. Smith, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner, Chairman Cardin, and Ranking Member Hastings hear testimony on threats to media freedom at a hearing June 9, 2010