Hundreds of thousands of people have died in the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan. The Sudanese government and militias called the Janjaweed have forced over two million more out of their homes, in the process destroying all means of survival and the infrastructure necessary for their return.
PHR, as a member of the Save Darfur Coalition and under our ongoing Darfur Survival Campaign, calls for urgently needed security in Darfur and compensation and restitution for survivors.
Sudan man's foot, hand 'amputated' by court order (Google/AFP, March 1, 2013)
Government doctors in Sudan amputated a man's hand and foot to carry out a sentence for robbery, rights groups said on Wednesday, describing the extremely rare punishment as a form of torture. ..."Cross amputation is a form of state-sponsored torture," said Vincent Iacopino, senior medical adviser at Physicians for Human Rights.
Sudan: Doctors Perform Amputations for Courts (February 27, 2013)
Credible sources in Sudan have reported that government doctors amputated a man’s right hand and left foot by court order in Khartoum on February 14, 2013, in violation of the absolute prohibition on torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishments, four human rights groups said today.
Stronger Commitment Needed from African Leaders to Stop Rape in Conflict (The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, January 28, 2013)
A delegation of grassroots women’s rights activists who came to the 20th African Union Summit are frustrated with continued broken promises for security and call on all Heads of States to make stronger commitments to stop rape in conflict.
Compromising With Evil: An archival history of greater Sudan, 2007 – 2012 (AlertNet, October 19, 2012)
The epidemic of rape and sexual violence continues to stalk all of Darfur. As a study by Physicians for Human Rights has shown, the health consequences of rape are staggering, with enormous implications for the well-being of women and girls who have been attacked.
PHR Urges the African Union to #StayWithTheICC (October 9, 2013)
On October 12, 2013, the African Union (AU) will convene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC). PHR – in conjunction with various other NGOs from around the world – is participating in the upcoming Thunderclap campaign encouraging the AU to #staywiththeICC.
PHR Joins Coalition to Arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (March 6, 2013)
Four years ago today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan, on seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity including killings, rape, and torture. On July 12, 2010, Bashir was also charged with three counts of genocide.
Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Abdullah Eisa Delivers Lecture at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s School of Public Health (November 1, 2011)
On September 22, Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Abdullah Eisa, Sudan Program Fellow at PHR, delivered a lecture titled “Human Rights and Health” at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s School of Public Health in Brooklyn, New York. The lecture was part of the Scholar Rescue Fund’s Hite Chair Scholar Lecture Series, which appointed Dr. Mohammed to be a visiting academic fellow.
Sudan, Divided: Addressing the Primary Challenges to the South’s Development (part 3 of 3) (August 16, 2011)
How will South Sudan go about settling the remaining secession negotiations with the north, avoiding further armed conflict with Sudan President Omar al-Bashir’s government? How and to what extent should international actors arbitrate these negotiations?
Grading the Benchmarks (April 2010)
Now, almost six months after the policy review, an honest accounting of the "benchmarks" for progress in Sudan suggests how much important work remains to be done if broader conflict is to be avoided.
This 9-page white paper, published March 17, 2010, on the eve of the US Special Envoy to Sudan's first twelve months in office, urges the US Envoy to address the urgent need of women and girls in Darfur through diplomatic efforts and the resources appropriated to the office for urgent peace and security interventions.
Nowhere to Turn (May 2009)
PHR's report documents the scope and long-term impact of rape and other sexual violence experienced by women who fled attacks on their villages in Darfur and are now refugees in neighboring Chad.
At the request of Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), PHR submitted a statement for the record as part of "Rape as a Weapon of War: Accountability for Sexual Violence in Conflict" hearing held on April 1st, 2008 by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee.
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