The African country of Chad has been the site of refugee camps for Darfurians displaced by the conflict in their home region which began in 2003.
PHR has been working in Chad since 2004, as part of its work to document the genocide in Darfur and the resulting tumultuous environment for refugees and civilians in the Chad border region. In 2008, we reported on the use of rape against Darfuri women in Chadian refugee camps.
PHR continues to investigate rampant sexual assault against both Darfuri and Chadian refugees, especially as Chad experiences economic troubles.
Human Rights = Healthy Women: 3 Days Left to be One of 10,000! (December 7, 2009)
To the more than 2,200 of you who have urged your Senators to protect women's rights and women's health by Ratifying CEDAW: Thank You! We are more than halfway through the 10,000 in 10 Campaign, and really need your help to reach our goal of 10,000 signatures to support CEDAW.
Campaign on Gender-Based Violence Begins by Honoring Darfuri Women Refugees (November 25, 2009)
The Save Darfur Coalition honored Darfuri women refugees at the Farchana Camp in Chad to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and to kick off a global campaign of activism against gender-based violence.
Rights Groups Call for Independent Autopsy of Iranian Doctor Who Treated Tortured Prisoners (November 25, 2009)
Physicians for Human Rights, Amnesty International, and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran sent a letter to Iranian authorities on November 25 to ask for a full, transparent and independent investigation into the suspicious death of Dr. Ramin Pourandarjani, a physician who had examined prisoners wounded and killed during the 2009 Iranian election protests.
Tell Congress: Speak Up for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Darfur (November 24, 2009)
Last Friday, the PHR team delivered to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a joint advocacy letter, urging that sexual and gender-based violence (SGV) programming be recognized as an urgent need in Sudan.
Susannah Sirkin oversees PHR’s international policy engagement including our work with the United Nations, domestic and international justice systems, and human rights coalitions. Sirkin is also responsible for managing and multiplying PHR’s strategic partnerships globally, expanding our volunteers from the medical and scientific community, and increasing our partnerships with NGOs, medical institutions, and other relationships that can enhance PHR’s effectiveness and grow the field of human rights activists. Read More »