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PHR’s Campaign Against Torture

Broken Laws, Broken Lives is the third of PHR’s recent major reports on detainee abuse.

The other two volumes in this series are: Leave No Marks: Enhanced Interrogation Techniques and the Risk of Criminality and Break Them Down: Systematic Use of Psychological Torture by US Forces. Both are available for free download.

Campaign Overview

In response to the systematic infliction of psychological and physical torture by US forces, PHR’s Campaign Against Torture seeks to restore the US commitment against torture, to ensure humane treatment of detainees, and to protect US health personnel from complicity in mistreatment and harm.


PHR has successfully organized and mobilized thousands of health professionals and helped to secure the leadership of the major health professional associations to develop ethical guidelines related to interrogation, that protect against medicine and science being employed to aid the abuse of prisoners. PHR’s work contributed to the adoption of ethical standards by the American Medical Association, the World Medical Association, and the American Psychiatric Association, prohibiting direct participation of physicians in interrogations. PHR has helped move the American Psychological Association (APA) to prohibit the involvement of its members in the Central Intelligence Agency’s “enhanced” interrogation techniques and has supported a movement within the APA to end the direct participation of psychologists in interrogations.

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