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Letter to US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius

PHR Calls on Secretary Sebelius to Restore the Damaged Regime of US Human Subject Research Protections On June 9, 2010, on release of its report Experiments in Torture: Evidence of Human Subject Research and Experimentation in the “Enhanced” Interrogation Program, Physicians for Human Rights called on US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, […]

Download Experiments in Torture

Experiments in Torture: Human Subject Research and Experimentation in the “Enhanced” Interrogation Program is the first report to reveal evidence indicating that CIA medical personnel allegedly engaged in the crime of illegal experimentation after 9/11, in addition to the previously disclosed crime of torture. In their attempt to justify the war crime of torture, the […]

Human Rights, Health, and Religious Groups File Federal Complaint Against CIA Based on New Evidence Indicating Human Experimentation on Detainees

June 9, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ben Greenberg bgreenberg at phrusa dot org 617-510-3417 (mobile) Contacts for partner organizations appear below. A broad coalition of human rights, health, and religious groups filed a formal complaint today with the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) against the Central […]

Background

In the name of US national security, a number of morally questionable and illegal activities were carried out in the years following September 11, 2001. The use of torture and cruel and inhuman treatment in interrogations of detainees in US custody has been well-documented by Physicians for Human Rights and others. The role of health […]

Complaint to Office of Human Research Protections Regarding Evidence of CIA Violations of Common Rule

Today, Physicians for Human Rights has filed the following complaint to the Office of Human Research Protections at the Department of Health and Human Services. Joining PHR in filing this complaint are: Amnesty International USA, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Center for Constitutional Rights, Center for Victims of Torture, Human Rights Watch, National Religious Campaign […]

Summary

Following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Bush administration initiated new human intelligence collection programs. To that end, it detained and questioned an unknown number of people suspected of having links to terrorist organizations. As part of these programs, the Bush administration redefined acts, such as waterboarding, forced nudity, sleep deprivation, temperature extremes, stress positions […]

Letter to President Obama: investigate thoroughly the full scope of the human experimentation

Today, following yesterday’s release of Experiments in Torture, PHR has sent this letter to President Obama to call on him to investigate thoroughly the full scope of the human experimentation designed and implemented in the post-Sept. 11 period. Victims of research and experimentation perpetrated by the United States must be offered compensation, including health care […]

9 Steps the Obama Administration Must Take

Physicians for Human Rights calls on the White House and Congress to investigate thoroughly the full scope of the possible human experimentation designed and implemented in the post-Sept. 11 period. The War Crimes Act must be amended to restore traditional human subject protections. Those who authorized, designed, implemented and supervised these alleged practices of human […]

Human Rights, Medical and Religious Groups to File Federal Complaint Seeking Investigation of CIA Experiments on Detainees

UPDATE 6/9: Human Rights Watch has joined the coalition of groups submitting the OHRP complaint today. Media Advisory for: 11 AM EDT on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 Contact: Benjamin Greenberg, Physicians for Human Rights, 617-510-3417, bgreenberg at phrusa dot org Margot Friedman, 202-332-5550, mfriedman at dupontcirclecommunications dot com Telephone Press Briefing at 11 AM EDT […]

Did the CIA Experiment on People? Demand an Investigation!

PHR’s new report, Experiments in Torture, has sent shock waves through the conscience of America this week. This report reveals evidence indicating that the Bush administration may have conducted illegal and unethical human experimentation and research on detainees in CIA custody. This research, if proven to have occurred, could violate the Geneva Conventions, The Common […]