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PHR’s Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones is a multi-year training and advocacy initiative that aims to forge coalitions among regional medical, law enforcement, and legal experts. PHR’s goal is to dramatically increase local capacity for the collection of court-admissible evidence of sexual violence to support the future prosecution of these crimes. This video provides a glimpse into PHR’s program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya and the positive effects it has had on survivors of sexual violence and methods of accountability.
Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder and medical director of Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), tells the story of his fight against violence against women. Dr. Mukwege is a world-renowned gynecological surgeon and PHR’s close colleague and project partner. He and his staff have helped treat over 30,000 survivors of sexual violence.
Medical workers in Bahrain have endured some of the most egregious violations of medical neutrality in the wake of popular unrest that began in early 2011. Physicians for Human Rights documented the unbridled attacks by the Bahraini security forces on the Bahraini medical institution, including arresting and detaining medical workers for providing care to protesters, militarizing the health system, and obstructing access to care.
Every year, sexual violence is used against tens of thousands of women and girls during and after armed conflict. And all too often, those who commit the violence will never be accused, they will never be arrested, and they will never stand trial or even face a fine.
President Obama's administration has dropped any attempts to prosecute those responsible for the torture of prisoners during the presidency of George W. Bush. Will any US personnel ever face criminal charges over the abuse of prisoners? Anti-Torture Program Director Kristine Huskey discusses this question on Al Jazeera's Inside Story.