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.
In the conflict in Darfur, tens of thousands of civilians have been systematically killed, raped, and starved. PHR performed extensive interviews and qualitatively assessed the nature, circumstances and context of rape as a weapon in the nation's on-going war.
A groundbreaking survey of over 1,000 Afghan women and men about their attitudes and experiences regarding the health and human rights of Afghan women. The report revels that an overwhelming majority of Afghan women and men do not support Taliban policies but do strongly support basic human rights and freedoms for all.
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.