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Nathaniel Raymond

Nathaniel Raymond is the Director of the Campaign Against Torture at Physicians for Human Rights. He currently leads PHR’s inquiry into the alleged 2001 Dasht-e-Leili massacre in northern Afghanistan and worked with the PHR team that discovered the mass grave site in 2002. Raymond has coordinated PHR’s work with investigative reporters probing the Dasht-e-Leili case and led the analysis of once-secret documents that PHR’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit forced the government to divulge. He has interviewed former senior Bush administration officials about the Dasht-e-Leili case and has coordinated the collection of data and analysis from experts on international law, satellite imagery, and military affairs.

Raymond helped write the 2008 report, Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture by US Personnel and Its Impact. This report contains the first comprehensive, independent medical evaluations of former detainees held at Guantánamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan. The preface to the report was written by Major General Antonio Taguba (US Army—Retired).
Since 2006, Raymond has been PHR’s lead investigator of the role of health professionals—particularly psychologists—in the design, supervision and implementation of the Bush Administration’s regime of physical and psychological torture of detainees in US custody.
Raymond has served overseas with Oxfam America in Afghanistan, the Middle East, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka. In 2005, he was one of the coordinators of the Oxfam International response to the tsunami in South Asia and also worked on the ground in Mississippi as part of Oxfam’s response to Katrina. He has published several articles on international law and mass atrocities, and contributed to the NPR programs The Connection, The Story, and This American Life.



What’s happening in the Afghan massacre probe?
ASK THIS | August 11, 2009
In 2001, possibly as many as 2,000 Taliban and other captured fighters were suffocated in container trucks and then buried in a mass grave. Investigations were said to be thwarted during the Bush presidency. President Obama has ordered fact-finding. So what’s the status, and what has been found out thus far?

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