As evidence of US national security interrogation practices emerged, it became clear that psychologically abusive methods of interrogation were at the core of US intelligence gathering. Break Them Down, published by PHR in May 2005, was the first comprehensive review of the use of psychological torture by US forces, examining the devastating health consequences of psychological coercion and explaining how a regime of psychological torture was put into place in the US "war on terror".
PHR researchers tell the story of just one of the thousands of villages destroyed in the genocidal campaign waged throughout Darfur. Through interviews with refugees from the village Furawiya, we hear the intimate stories of a people terrorized by Sudan's government and the Janjaweed.
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.
Even as prevention programs aimed at sexual transmission require greater funding, the high risk of HIV transmission in health care settings requires immediate and sustained attention from national and multilateral organizations involved in HIV/AIDS prevention activities. Every year, because of violations of core aspects of the right to health, at least half a million people -- and possible many more -- contract HIV through unsafe medical injections and blood transfusions.
This paper addresses a crisis of severe shortages of human resources in heavily impacted sub-Saharan societies where health care workers who have the opportunity to move to wealthier nations do so, thus rejecting substandard, second-class health systems that their countries and the international community have been too slow to upgrade.