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.
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.
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.
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.
Human Rights and Health was prepared at the request of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and shows how, during the apartheid period, the leadership of the health sector in South Africa subordinated ethical and human rights obligations to the racist practices and political repression of the state.