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International Criminal Court Upholds Landmark Conviction of Warlord for Atrocities Committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes the International Criminal Court (ICC) Appeals Chamber decision to uphold the conviction of Bosco Ntaganda for 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 2002 and 2003. Significantly, the Appeals Chamber also confirmed Ntaganda’s 30-year sentence, rejecting every […]

March 30, 2021
Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence
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Conviction of Warlord in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a Milestone for Justice and Accountability: PHR

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes a Congolese military court’s conviction of Ntabo Ntaberi, whose Nduma Defense of Congo (NDC) militia was responsible for terrorizing communities in Eastern DRC for years.   Sheka was sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of war crimes, including murder, rape, sexual slavery, enlisting children under the age of 15, looting, and destruction of property. Among his many atrocities, Sheka and the NDC […]

November 25, 2020
Blog

La menace de la COVID-19 : Ce que la RDC peut apprendre de sa lutte contre Ebola

Dr Lwanzo Pablo est médecin chef de Zone de santé de Butembo au Nord Kivu dans la République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Cette zone, qui dessert plus de 200 000 habitants, a été touché par la dixième épidémie de la maladie à Virus Ebola en RDC. Read in English here. L’épidémie de la maladie à […]

September 1, 2020
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Déclaration de PHR sur l’intimidation et les menaces contre le Dr Denis Mukwege, défenseur des droits humains et co-lauréat du prix Nobel de la paix

Read English version here. En tant que partenaire de longue date du Dr Denis Mukwege, chirurgien congolais renommé, co-lauréat du prix Nobel de la paix 2018,  fondateur et directeur médical de l’hôpital de Panzi, dans la province du Sud-Kivu en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) appelle de toute urgence à […]

August 18, 2020
Attacks on Health Care, Persecution of Health Workers, Sexual Violence
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PHR Statement on Intimidation and Threats against Dr. Denis Mukwege, Human Rights Defender and Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureate

Read French version here. As a longstanding partner of Dr. Denis Mukwege – the renowned Congolese surgeon, 2018 Nobel Prize for Peace co-laureate, and Founder and Medical Director of Panzi Hospital, South Kivu of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is urgently appealing for immediate action to protect […]

August 17, 2020
Sexual Violence
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In the DRC, COVID-19 Threatens Hard-won Gains in the Fight against Sexual Violence

Lire en francais. For many years, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been combatting gender-based violence and particularly sexual violence related to the armed conflicts that have afflicted the country for more than two decades. While political forces and members of civil society have together made strides on this issue in recent years, the […]

June 18, 2020
COVID-19, Sexual Violence
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En RDC, le COVID-19 menace les acquis dans la lutte contre les violences sexuelles

Depuis plusieurs années, la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) lutte contre les violences basées sur le genre et plus spécifiquement les violences sexuelles liées aux conflits armés, qui ont marqué le pays pendant plus de deux décennies. Tandis que les forces politiques et les différentes plateformes de la société civile s’étaient résolues à avancer sur […]

June 18, 2020
COVID-19, Sexual Violence
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ICC Sentences Congolese Warlord to 30 Years in Landmark Conviction

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentencing of Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ICC today announced the sentence of 30 years in prison, the longest sentence to date by the court. In July, Ntaganda was found guilty of 13 counts of war […]

November 7, 2019
Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence
Press Release

PHR Mobile App “MediCapt” Wins American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Human Rights Innovator Recognition

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Human Rights Coalition recognized Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) as the 2019 Science and Human Rights Innovator for its trailblazing MediCapt app. MediCapt is a mobile application that helps clinicians more effectively collect, document, and securely store forensic medical evidence of sexual violence to […]

October 23, 2019
Sexual Violence
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Medical-Legal Collaboration Leads to Justice in Serial Rape Case in Democratic Republic of the Congo

NEW YORK – This week, The Lancet, the prestigious peer-reviewed medical journal, published a Viewpoint describing how a collaboration among Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), Panzi General Reference Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and other medical-legal partners helped bring long-delayed justice to dozens of young Congolese girls who were raped by […]

June 19, 2019
Sexual Violence
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A Tech Solution to Documenting Sexual Violence

This post originally appeared on OpenGlobalRights. It’s not uncommon to see Post-Rape Care (PRC) forms, the standardized medical intake document for sexual violence in Kenya, scattered across clinicians’ desks and counters in hospitals throughout the country. These PRC forms include the survivor’s history, a report of the incident, the results of a physical examination, and […]

January 3, 2019
Sexual Violence

Impact

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, more than 40 young girls – some as young as 18 months – were taken from their homes and raped in the South Kivu village of Kavumu during a three-year reign of terror beginning in 2013. The perpetrators kidnapped the children in the dead of night, assaulted them, […]

December 18, 2018
Sexual Violence

Justice for the Children of Kavumu

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, more than 40 young girls – some as young as 18 months – were taken from their homes and raped in the South Kivu village of Kavumu during a three-year reign of terror beginning in 2013. The perpetrators kidnapped the children in the dead of night, assaulted them, […]

September 25, 2018
Sexual Violence

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Rape is a horrifying reality for all too many women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where decades of conflict have produced one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world, and where cultural norms and weak institutions have worked together to largely silence survivors of these devastating crimes. […]

August 5, 2018
Press Release

Landmark Kavumu Appeal Verdict Upholds Convictions

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes today’s appeal judgment delivered by the High Military Court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), confirming the conviction of 11 men, including a provincial lawmaker, who were found guilty in a 2017 trial of crimes against humanity for the rape of dozens of young girls as well […]

July 26, 2018
Sexual Violence
Blog

On the Cutting Edge – Without Electricity or Internet

MediCapt’s step-by-step interface ensures that clinicians document all critical information when evaluating survivors of sexual violence. Photo: Adriane Ohanessian for Physicians for Human Rights. PHR’s award-winning mobile app MediCapt enables doctors, clinical officers, and nurses to collect, store, and securely share forensic medical evidence in cases of sexual violence. The app has already been field-tested […]

June 5, 2018
Sexual Violence
Blog

A Victory for Justice in the Congo

The little girl was so severely injured that the surgeon who attended her, a veteran clinician accustomed to treating survivors of sexual violence, was shocked. Just five years old, the child was one of dozens of young girls who were raped during a three-year reign of terror in the village of Kavumu in eastern Democratic […]

December 19, 2017
Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence
Press Release

Justice is delivered for the children of Kavumu

For Immediate Release In an extraordinary and landmark ruling, 11 Congolese militia members were convicted today of crimes against humanity for murder and the rape of 37 young children. The verdict represents a stunning victory for the victims, their families, their community of Kavumu, where the crimes occurred, for the wide array of organizations that […]

December 13, 2017
Sexual Violence
Blog

Parents of Congolese Child Rape Victims Testify in Landmark Trial

Two alleged perpetrators in the Kavumu child rape case are led through the village where the assaults took place, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), during the landmark trial. Photo: PHR The parents of a group of little Congolese girls who were savagely raped during a three-year reign of terror in eastern Democratic […]

December 11, 2017
Sexual Violence
Blog

Protecting Survivors, Ensuring Justice: Week One of the Kavumu Child Rape Trial

Witnesses are cloaked head to toe to protect their identities in court.   Photo: Physicians for Human Rights Cloaked from head to toe to shield her identity, the witness was led into the makeshift court room and seated behind a screen. Out of sight of the 18 defendants, she addressed the court. “Batumike’s militia killed my […]

December 1, 2017
Sexual Violence