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Special Guest: Len Rubenstein, President of Physicians for Human Rights


Please welcome our special guest, Len Rubenstein, the President of Physicians for Human Rights, an organization that mobilizes the health professions to advance human rights.

As you may recall, last week I told you about the amazing job PHR did establishing in a scientific manner that claims of torture by detainees in American custody could, in fact, be substantiated via medical examination. Their findings were published in a report, Broken Laws, Broken Lives.

You can read the report here. You can read the preface to the report by US Army Major General Antonio M. Taguba (retired) here. General Taguba’s conclusion?

After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account.

Mr. Rubenstein has spent thirty years engaged in advocacy for human rights and health domestically and internationally. He has led human rights investigations throughout the world and in recent years his work has encompassed global HIV/AIDS; human rights and health systems development, gender inequality and health, and human rights dimensions of U.S. anti-terror policies and practices. He has written extensively, both for scholarly publications and in major media such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe, about the relationship of human rights and health, including the role of human rights organizations in advancing social, economic and cultural rights.

Please give a warm Firepup welcome and as with all our special guest appearances, whether through Blue America or Book Salon, or other, please keep all off topic comments on the prior thread and concentrate on our guest and the important report his organization has made available.

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