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International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict Launches


Today PHR, Nobel Peace Laureates, international advocacy organizations, and groups working at the regional and community levels announced the launch of The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict.

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Dafur Survival Campaign

Medical Evidence of Widespread Torture in Darfur Released by PHR in PLoS Medicine


Today’s issue of PLoS Medicine features a peer-reviewed study led by PHR that provides rare forensic medical evidence of widespread, sustained torture and other human rights violations by the Government of Sudan (GoS) and allied Janjaweed forces against non-Arabic-speaking civilians in South Darfur.

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Thomas Lubanga

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International Criminal Court Finds Lubanga Guilty of War Crimes


Today the International Criminal Court issued a landmark decision in the trial of Thomas Lubanga Djilo, a leader of a rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). PHR welcomes the decision in the Court’s first major judgment where Lubanga was found guilty of conscripting children under the age of 15 to actively participate in hostilities.

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Karen Naimer Joins PHR as Program Director for the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones


Cambridge, Mass. – Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today announced that Karen Naimer has joined the organization as Program Director for the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones. In this role, Naimer will be responsible for spearheading and coordinating this new training and advocacy initiative which will forge coalitions and build capacity among legal, medical, and law enforcement experts to support and bolster accountability for sexual violence in East and Central Africa. Naimer will be based in PHR’s Cambridge, Massachusetts office.

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Hans Hogrefe to be Honored for Contributions to Human Rights


Hans Hogrefe, PHR’s Chief Policy Officer and Washington Director, will be honored by the Stewart Mott Foundation and the Open Society Foundation for his contributions to human rights.

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