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Physicians for Human Rights welcomes verdict against orchestrator of Srebrenica genocide

11/22/2017

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today convicted former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity for his role in the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. Physicians for Human Rights, which conducted multiple mass grave investigations across the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s for the Tribunal, hailed today’s verdict as a victory for international justice and for the victims of Mladic’s crimes.

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Landmark Child Rape Case in Congo Goes to Court

11/09/2017

Today, in the small village of Kavumu in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 18 defendants are set to go on trial for the systematic rape of 46 young children over a period of four years. The case represents a landmark step in the fight against rape in Congo, a country marked by widespread sexual violence for decades. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) – along with TRIAL International, Panzi Hospital, and a host of Congolese partners – has worked to ensure evidence as well as survivors’ testimony will come to light in an open justice proceeding

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Joint Statement on Kavumu From PHR, TRIAL International, and Panzi Hospital

11/02/2017

In the village of Kavumu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), families once endured the unspeakable: children abducted in the night and raped. Nearly five years after the first attacks and after an international mobilization of supporters, a trial to prosecute the alleged offenders will begin on Monday, November 6. Eighteen suspects will face charges, including a local politician. The trial will be a turning point for the fight against impunity in DRC, and civil society both locally and internationally played a decisive role in bringing about this historic moment.

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PHR Condemns Russian Veto on Syria Chemical Weapons Investigation

10/24/2017

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today condemned Russia’s veto of a draft United Nations Security Council resolution extending the mandate of an investigative group looking into multiple chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The Joint Investigative Mechanism, established by the Council to look into who committed those attacks, is scheduled to release a report this week on the chemical attack that killed dozens of people in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017.

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Unnecessary Surgery on Intersex Children Must Stop

10/20/2017

Physicians for Human Rights calls for an end to all medically unnecessary surgical procedures that seek to alter gonads, genitals, or internal sex organs of intersex children, or those born with atypical sex characteristics,

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