PHR in the News
Kim Kardashian, a swanky shindig at DC's Ritz-Carlton Hotel, a high-powered Washington PR firm, and the US 5th Fleet - featured players in the newest reality show? Perhaps - but a show with very high stakes for those willing to speak out in the tiny Persian Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain.
The Union level Peacemaking Committee and the Chin National Front met on Monday to discuss an agreement covering national integration, human rights and environmental conservation, military affairs, development of Chin State, and cooperation of the Union government. Earlier this year, Physicians for Human Rights announced findings from the first population-based survey to file human rights violations in all nine townships of Chin State.
But there is consensus that it is time to end impunity for sexual violence. How to do this is the challenge. There are many answers to this question, and it may include better monitoring and protection of the vulnerable in society, civic education amongst others. But paramount among these is strengthening the prosecution of sexual violence cases.
Susannah Sirkin, Deputy Director at Physicians for Human Rights, blogs about the physical and psychological effects from sexual violence in conflict.
PHR's Susannah Sirkin writes on CNN Opinion: "Some of the bravest people I know are cowering today in eastern Congo, wondering where their supporters are. While our daily news zeroes in on Syria and Gaza, the fiscal cliff and Christmas sales, our friends in the war-ravaged part of the immense, mineral-rich Democratic Republic of the Congo are once again convulsed in a conflict they did not choose."