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Abdulrazzaq al-Saiedi Joins PHR as Senior Researcher, Middle East and North Africa

For Immediate Release

Cambridge, Mass. – April 4, 2011 – PHR today announced that Abdulrazzaq al-Saiedi has joined the organization asSenior Researcher, Middle East and North Africa.

To this newly created position, al-Saiedi bringsexperience as a human rights researcher, freelance war correspondent, andpolitical analyst. Most recently, al-Saiedi served as a Research Fellow at theHarvard Kennedy School of Government where he studied the impact of the Iraqielections on the political and democratic processes in Iraq. Prior to his workat Harvard, he was a reporter for The New York Times Baghdad bureau.

“From Bahrain to Libya to Egypt, the events in MiddleEast and North Africa continue to be a source of grave concern for human rightsorganizations,” said Frank Donaghue CEO of Physicians for Human Rights.“Razzaq’s extensive expertise and frontline knowledge of these countries willhelp PHR to continue to call for justice and accountability in the region.”

Al-Saiedi has been a Researcher and Consultant to theInternational Crisis Group and a Consultant to the International Center forTransitional Justice. He is a contributor to the Global Post and the “At War”blog on

“I am thrilled to be joining PHR during this pivotaltime in the Middle East and North Africa’s history. It is an honor to be ableto contribute to the important work of PHR as we investigate, document, andadvocate on behalf of the citizens of this region,” said al-Saiedi.

Al-Saiedi received his BS in Civil Engineering fromthe University of Technology in Iraq and his MA in Public Administration fromJohn F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was anEdward Mason Fellow. Previously, he was a Harvard University Nieman Fellow.

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