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Report on Conditions at Afghanistan's Shebarghan Prison


On the basis of direct observation, contact with the prisoners, and interviews prior to and subsequent to this inspection, PHR's 3-member team reported that conditions at Shebarghan were in grave violation of international standards for those held in detention or as prisoners of war. The facilities were entirely inadequate for the care of the number of people held there, the food insufficient in quantity and nutrition, the water supply unclean, sanitation virtually absent, clothing meager, and barred walls open to the elements exposed the inhabitants to winter conditions.

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Women's Health and Human Rights in Afghanistan


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.

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Endless Brutality


PHR conducted two investigations in Chechnya in 2005. The findings of reveal widespread war crimes against thousands of civilians, including executions, torture, and violations of medical neutrality by Russia's federal forces who are commanded by President Vladimir Putin.

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Measuring Landmine Incidents and Injuries and the Capacity to Provide Care


PHR provides a guide for epidemiological-based surveys, which provide essential data for properly quantifying the public health consequences of landmines responsible for the death or injury of tens of thousands of people every year despite an international treaty banning their use. The development of standardized survey tools will help to ensure that data collection proceeds according to appropriate scientific methods and allows the comparison of data between different regions and countries.

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War Crimes in Kosovo


The Kosovo crisis resulted in the largest population displacement in Europe since the Second World War. Journalists and human rights researchers investigated, documented, and reported many individual accounts of human rights violations taking place in Kosovo. PHR and Columbia University designed this study to establish patterns of human rights violations among Kosovar refugees by Serb forces, using a population-based approach.

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