In the fall of 2008, PHR had the privilege of leading human rights advocacy training for a large group of medical students at Herare's University of Zimbabwe medical college.
By December, in an emergency mission urgently requested by those same students, PHR found that a causal chain ran from President Mugabe’s economic policies to Zimbabwe’s economic collapse, food insecurity and malnutrition, and outbreaks of infectious disease, including cholera. Our report, Health in Ruins, documents PHR's findings.
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.
Zimbabwe Civic Groups Protest Bad Water (Voice of America, August 8, 2012)
Dozens of civic organizations in Zimbabwe have petitioned the government to ensure all citizens in the southern African country have access to clean water. The protest comes amid continued outbreaks of waterborne diseases—most recently last month’s outbreak of typhoid in the suburb of Chitungwiza which is about 30 kilometers southeast of Zimbabwe's capital city Harare.
Zimbabwe suspends NGOs as possible election looms (Reuters, February 15, 2012)
Zimbabwe has suspended 29 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in one of its provinces, state media reported on Wednesday, raising worries of a crackdown similar to one that preceded elections in 2008.
Suspected typhoid outbreak shuts Zimbabwe courts (Reuters, February 11, 2012)
Zimbabwe has shut down the capital's main courthouse after a suspected outbreak of typhoid affected magistrates and court officials. The aging infrastructure in Zimbabwe has contributed to the spread of the disease, which is transmitted through contaminated water.
Zimbabwe Today, Burma Tomorrow? Holding Human Rights Abusers Accountable in South Africa (May 24, 2012)
What happens when high-ranking government officials from Zimbabwe, who committed crimes against humanity, travel to South Africa, where the law requires the investigation and prosecution of such individuals? Nothing. That is, until now.
Zimbabwe - NGO’s banned in Masvingo Province (February 22, 2012)
Last week, The Governor of the Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe banned 29 NGO’s providing humanitarian relief and security in the region. The banned organizations – which include both local groups like Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and Care International have provided basic services and support to mitigate a worsening humanitarian situation in the country.
Zimbabwe: 660 People Treated for Typhoid (January 25, 2012)
While the Zimbabwean Constitution Select Committee drafts a new constitution for the country, The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights note that the constitution lacks transparency and, importantly, legitimacy may be a long-awaited opportunity to fairly and freely elect a candidate.
A Dangerous Time for Human Rights in Zimbabwe (July 6, 2011)
According to recent reports from watchdog organization Sokwanele, politically motivated human rights abuses are on the rise in Zimbabwe. President Mugabe must no longer be allowed to violate the rights of his people and the terms of agreements he has signed onto with impunity.
Richard Sollom leads human rights investigations to document and expose grave emergency and emerging human rights situations globally. He oversees the design and safe and ethical conduct of PHR’s research work related to the investigation and documentation of war crimes and mass atrocities. Sollom also oversees research, investigations and advocacy on violations of medical neutrality and the systematic discrimination in the delivery or access to health care. Read More »