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TASSC International to Honor PHR for Contributions to the Fight Against Torture

For Immediate Release

Cambridge,Mass.– March 25, 2011 – Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) will be honored by theFriends of Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International(TASSC) for significant contributions to the struggle against torture and thetreatment and healing of torture survivors. The fundraising andrecognition awards dinner will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6 p.m. atthe Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Virginia.

The evening’s other honorees are PHR AsylumNetwork volunteer Dr. Coleen Kivlahan, for her work with torture survivors, theJ. Schmidt Free Clinic, and the organization Witness Against Torture.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for ourefforts to help the victims of US sanctioned torture and bring this dark partof America’s history to an end,” said Frank Donaghue, CEO of Physicians forHuman Rights. “We are among great company in receiving this award, and with thecontinued help of this community, we can ensure that all officials involved inthe authorization and implementation of torture and unethical humanexperimentation are held accountable for their actions.”

Torture survivor Frida Ngwa will bespeaking at the event, and leading military critic of US torture policyretired Brigadier General Dr. Stephen Xenakis, will deliver the keynote, “TheStruggle Against US Sponsored Torture.”

TASSC is founded by and for torturesurvivors, and works to end the practice of torture and to empower survivors,their families, and communities.

This event is open to the public. RSVPand purchase tickets here. AllRSVPs must be received by April 8, 2011.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a New York-based advocacy organization that uses science and medicine to prevent mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. Learn more here.

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