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Government of Kenya Must Avoid Repeat of History and Prevent Electoral Violence: PHR

Ahead of Kenya’s general election on August 9, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) warns of potential election-related violence, including sexual violence, and calls on the Government of Kenya to proactively enact policies and plans to both prevent and respond to any violence perpetrated around the upcoming vote.   At least since the 1990s, elections in Kenya […]

July 25, 2022
Sexual Violence
Blog

The International Criminal Court’s 20th Anniversary: How Medical Professionals Advance International Justice

As Russian artillery shells fall indiscriminately in Ukraine, efforts are under way by the international community to document the resulting human rights violations, including a range of attacks that likely constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. These efforts may indeed be the most robust in recent history. But as the International Criminal Court (ICC) […]

July 15, 2022
Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence
Statements

11 Human Rights Organizations Laud “Landmark” New Mental Health Amendment Act in Kenya

Today 11human rights organizations that champion the right to be free from all forms of sexual and gender-based violence welcomed the signing into law of the Mental Health (Amendment) Act, 2022 by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya. This comes after the Kenyan Senate unanimously passed the Mental Health Amendment Bill on June 21, 2022. […]

July 1, 2022
Sexual Violence
Press Release

If Confirmed, Roe Reversal Would Represent a ‘Dangerous and Appalling’ Rollback of Human Rights

In response to reports that the United States Supreme Court has prepared an initial majority draft decision which would overturn abortion rights, the following statement is attributable to Payal Shah, J.D., director of PHR’s Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones:  “If confirmed, the Supreme Court’s move to overturn Roe v. Wade would represent one […]

May 4, 2022
Sexual Violence
Open Letter

Ukraine Crisis: Statement of Civil Society Organizations on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

The organizations listed below express our deepest concern for the ongoing and escalating conflict in Ukraine, and call on governments to guarantee the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all women, adolescents and girls, as well as gender-diverse people, in the context of the refugees crisis affecting the Ukrainian border and its neighboring countries. Of […]

April 5, 2022
Sexual Violence
Blog

Five Ways to Protect Sexual Violence Survivors in Research and Monitoring and Evaluation

For professionals who work in sexual violence research and monitoring and evaluation (M&E), engaging with survivors of sexual violence can be a powerful tool for combatting impunity and securing justice. But it can be a double-edged sword, particularly if done in a manner that puts survivors at risk of being re-traumatized. Physicians for Human Rights’ […]

December 7, 2021
Sexual Violence
Press Release

Survivors of Post-Election Sexual Violence in Kenya Appeal Elements of Recent Ruling, Seek Justice and Redress for All Survivor-Petitioners

NAIROBI — A group of survivors of 2007-2008 election-related sexual violence in Kenya and civil society organizations today filed a partial appeal at the Court of Appeal at Nairobi, asserting that a High Court decision delivered on December 10, 2020 failed to recognize the Government of Kenya’s responsibility to survivors previously denied redress for the state’s failure to […]

November 11, 2021
Sexual Violence

Justin Nyatete Nyakundi

Justin Nyatete Nyakundi is a senior investigations officer working with Kenya’s Independent Policing Oversight Authority based at the Nakuru Regional Office, where he conducts investigations into crimes committed by members of the National Police Service. He is retired from Kenya’s National Police Service, where he served for 14 years as a police officer and worked […]

August 12, 2021
Sexual Violence

Polycarp Kweyu Lutta

Polycarp Kweyu Lutta serves as a gazetted government forensic analyst at the Government Forensic Crime Laboratory in Kenya. He works with forensic investigations requiring DNA and serological analyses of samples as part of technical support to national investigative agencies, including the National Police Service and Directorate of Criminal Investigation Organization as well as human rights […]

August 12, 2021
Sexual Violence
Report

Profiles in Resilience: Why Survivors of Domestic Violence and Gang Violence Qualify for International Protection

NOTE: The photographs included in this report were taken during the course of a research project for a PHR report entitled “’If I went back, I would not survive.’ Asylum Seekers Fleeing Violence in Mexico and Central America,” which was based on medical evaluations conducted by some of the same researchers who wrote this report. […]

June 9, 2021
Asylum, Sexual Violence
Press Release

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
Statements

New Iraqi Law Is Important First Step for Survivors of ISIS Violence: PHR

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes the Iraqi Parliament’s adoption of the Yazidi Women Survivors’ Law and considers it a significant step towards recognition of the crimes committed by ISIS and the establishment of reparation programs for those who were subjected to sexual violence and slavery by ISIS. The law, passed on March 1, 2021, […]

March 5, 2021
Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence
Press Release

Court Delivers Justice for Several Survivors of Post-Election Sexual Violence in Kenya

NAIROBI — In a landmark judgement, the High Court in Nairobi today ruled in favor of four survivors of post-election sexual violence in Kenya. In Constitutional Petition No. 122 of 2013, the Court found that the Government of Kenya was responsible for a “failure to conduct independent and effective investigations and prosecutions of SGBV [sexual […]

December 10, 2020
Sexual Violence
Blog

A Final Chance at Justice for Survivors of Post-election Sexual Violence in Kenya

Originally published on Citizen Digital On December 10, the High Court in Nairobi is scheduled to finally deliver a decision on Petition 122 of 2013, which seeks to secure justice for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence during the 2007/2008 post-election violence. This is a dramatic development in a case that has languished in the […]

December 7, 2020
Sexual Violence
Blog

Novel Research Methods that Avoid Retraumatizing Survivors

Originally published by Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI). Also available in French and Spanish. Researchers often grapple with a major challenge when researching sexual violence or evaluating programs focused on sexual violence—how to collect information without retraumatizing survivors. Gathering accurate data from survivors of sexual violence is essential to document or develop programs for their […]

December 3, 2020
Rohingya, Sexual Violence
Press Release

Accounts from Health Care Professionals Indicate Widespread and Long-lasting Impacts of Sexual Violence Against Rohingya

A new report from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) documents widespread sexual violence committed by the Tatmadaw, the armed forces of Myanmar, and Myanmar security forces against the Rohingya during a massive campaign of violence in August 2017 that drove more than 720,000 Rohingya into neighboring Bangladesh. Doctors, nurses, mental health experts, and other health […]

October 22, 2020
Sexual Violence
Report

Sexual Violence, Trauma, and Neglect: Observations of Health Care Providers Treating Rohingya Survivors in Refugee Camps in Bangladesh

Executive Summary In August 2017, the armed forces of Myanmar (Tatmadaw) unleashed a campaign of widespread and systematic attacks on the country’s Rohingya communities, escalating previous episodes of violent human rights abuses committed against the Rohingya population. The United Nations (UN) and multiple human rights groups documented that Myanmar security forces committed rape, gang rape, […]

October 22, 2020
Mass Atrocities, Rohingya, Sexual Violence
Press Release

PHR Calls for Immediate Investigation and Overhaul of ICE Practices Following Georgia Whistleblower Allegations

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a long, documented, and disturbing track record of medical neglect, human rights violations, and deaths in detention. For years, ICE has systemically failed to provide proper medical care and oversight in detention facilities. If confirmed, the allegations of involuntary hysterectomies at Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia represent […]

September 16, 2020
Sexual Violence
Multimedia

The Rohingya: Survivors of Atrocity

Two years ago, the government of Myanmar unleashed a scorched-earth campaign against the Rohingya Muslims. Impunity prevails for these atrocities, which are only the most recent in the long story of the Rohingya’s persecution in Myanmar. When will the Rohingya see justice done?

August 24, 2020
Mass Atrocities, Rohingya, Sexual Violence, Torture
Press Release

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
Press Release

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
Blog

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
Blog

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
Webinar

Gender-based Violence and COVID-19

PHR Director of Programs Karen Naimer moderates a discussion on COVID-19 and gender-based violence featuring Wangechi Wachira and Drs. Claudia Garcia-Moreno and Lori Heise. The conversation addresses how the pandemic has exacerbated the crisis of sexual and gender-based violence and intimate partner violence on a global scale, how existing response programs may be adapted to […]

May 7, 2020
COVID-19, Sexual Violence
Report

“Chaos and Fire”: An Analysis of Sudan’s June 3, 2019 Khartoum Massacre

On June 3, 2019, a massacre took place in Khartoum, Sudan. Witnesses reported that various uniformed elements of Sudan’s security forces were responsible for extrajudicial killings and forms of torture, including excessive use of force; cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment; and sexual and gender-based violence.

March 5, 2020
Attacks on Health Care, Mass Atrocities, Sexual Violence