The extent to which the Taliban regime has violated the human rights of Afghan women is unparalleled in recent history. In just a few years under Taliban rule, Afghani women went from prominent roles in the health professions, in government, and in teaching, to being beaten for walking on the street without a male chaperone.
Over a five month period in 1994, a medical team studied health conditions in thirteen of Cambodia's twenty-four prisons. For the Khmer and the US health professionals it was a disquieting experience.
The war in Somalia in the 1990s resulted in catastrophic famine, failed government, and a devastating legacy of land mines left from the civil war in the North. These added significantly to the economic devastation there, and were a principal obstacle in the way of repatriation of hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled to Ethiopia from northern Somalia during the civil war.
This report for the first time called for a comprehensive ban on landmines, an indiscriminate and deadly weapon. The report helped galvanize international attention to the devastating effects of antipersonnel landmines on civilians, particularly children.
In 1991 hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in Kuwait faced a grave medical crisis due to the flight of most physicians and skilled medical workers, the closure of many hospitals, and the systematic removal of medical equipment and supplies by Iraq. PHR detailed the attack on and dismemberment of the Kuwaiti medical system since the invasion.