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This Gentle Baker Fought to End Corruption and Voter Intimidation

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Featured, Survivor Stories

Meet Kachig, Survivor from Armenia Kachig is known around the office at PTV, not only for his gentle kindness, but also because every Monday, he brings in a new delicious dessert for everyone to try. Back in his home country of Armenia, he was not only a successful and creative baker, but he was also an activist who courageously stood up to political corruption. He fought for the freedom of assembly and the right to vote for whomever you choose, a pinnacle of American democracy, of which he deeply desired to have instilled in his own country. Violence and coercion at polling stations have...

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Annual Human Dignity Awards Dinner honored George Takei and Mark Ridley-Thomas

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Events

PTV’s 6th Annual Human Dignity Awards Dinner, raised more than $85,000 and honored actor and LGBT advocate George Takei (Star Trek), Vietnamese human rights activist Ta Phong Tan, and L.A. County Supervisor Mark...

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Physicians for Human Rights Is Offering a Spring Continuing Education Training

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Events, news

  Physicians for Human Rights Is Offering a Spring Continuing Education Training In partnership with The Program for Torture Victims Hosted by the Keck School of Medicine of USC Introduction to Forensic Documentation of Trauma: Evaluating Immigrant Survivors of Torture and Ill Treatment WHEN:      Saturday, April 30, 2016; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm   WHERE:    Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, CA 90033   Physical and psychological evaluations can help survivors fleeing persecution rebuild their...

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The Inaugural José Siderman Human Rights Lecture Introduction

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Newsletters

by Amanda Goodman* Thursday, February 25, 2016 It is both a great pleasure and a great privilege to introduce to you, Juan Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Professor Méndez is also the Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence at American University, in Washington, D.C. A native of Argentina, Professor Méndez’s career has been committed to defending human rights and advocating for those without a voice. Due to his legal representation of political prisoners in Argentina, that country’s military dictatorship...

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Forced to be a Soldier in This Military Dictatorship Was an “Existence in Hell”

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Featured, Newsletters

Meet Berihun, Survivor from Eritrea Berihun describes his daily life as a “quest for survival”. Eritrea is a country in East Africa where the enjoyment of rights and freedoms are severely curtailed. Chaos has replaced rule of law. Last year, the United Nations Human Rights Council published a report accusing Eritrea’s government of extrajudicial executions, torture, indefinitely prolonged national service and forced labor, and indicated that sexual harassment, rape and sexual servitude by state officials is widespread. Military service is mandatory and when Berihun completed high...

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