Stopping Mass Rape in Darfur and Chad
PHR has documented the scope and long-term impact of rape and other sexual violence experienced by women who fled attacks on their villages in Darfur and are now refugees in neighboring Chad. Sexual violence and rape have become hallmarks of the lives of Darfuri women.
Many women were raped in the torrent of violence that forced them to flee their villages. Sudanese security forces, including police deployed to protect Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and allied Janjaweed militias, have been implicated in acts of rape and sexual violence. Women IDPs and refugees report also being forced to exchange sexual favors for desperately needed goods and services. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has identified "high numbers of… mass rapes and other forms of extremely serious gender violence."
PHR has documented mass rape in Darfur and Chad in three reports: Darfur: Assault on Survival, The Use Of Rape As A Weapon Of War In The Conflict In Darfur, Sudan, and Nowhere to Turn: Failure to Protect, Support and Assure Justice for Darfuri Women.
PHR Joins Coalition to Arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (March 6, 2013)
Four years ago today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan, on seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity including killings, rape, and torture. On July 12, 2010, Bashir was also charged with three counts of genocide.
Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Abdullah Eisa Delivers Lecture at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s School of Public Health (November 1, 2011)
On September 22, Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Abdullah Eisa, Sudan Program Fellow at PHR, delivered a lecture titled “Human Rights and Health” at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s School of Public Health in Brooklyn, New York. The lecture was part of the Scholar Rescue Fund’s Hite Chair Scholar Lecture Series, which appointed Dr. Mohammed to be a visiting academic fellow.
Sudan, Divided: Addressing the Primary Challenges to the South’s Development (part 3 of 3) (August 16, 2011)
How will South Sudan go about settling the remaining secession negotiations with the north, avoiding further armed conflict with Sudan President Omar al-Bashir’s government? How and to what extent should international actors arbitrate these negotiations?
Sudan, Divided: Addressing the Primary Challenges to the South’s Development (part 2 of 3) (August 10, 2011)
The border disputes between Sudan and South Sudan persist. Particularly in South Kordofan and the Nuba mountains, the media continues to highlight allegations of ethnic cleansing, extra-judicial and indiscriminate killings, direct targeting of civilians, and evidence of mass graves.
Somalia’s President Should Void Court Sentences Based on Bad Evidence and Biased Attitudes (February 18, 2013)
PHR today called on the president of Somalia to reverse the convictions of two people: a 27-year-old mother of five who alleges that she was gang-raped by soldiers, and a journalist who has reported on sexual violence in camps for internally displaced Somalis.
Stronger Commitment Needed from African Leaders to Stop Rape in Conflict (The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, January 28, 2013)
A delegation of grassroots women’s rights activists who came to the 20th African Union Summit are frustrated with continued broken promises for security and call on all Heads of States to make stronger commitments to stop rape in conflict.
Compromising With Evil: An archival history of greater Sudan, 2007 – 2012 (AlertNet, October 19, 2012)
The epidemic of rape and sexual violence continues to stalk all of Darfur. As a study by Physicians for Human Rights has shown, the health consequences of rape are staggering, with enormous implications for the well-being of women and girls who have been attacked.
Darfur nine years on: murder in a media vacuum (New Statesman, April 24, 2012)
The New Statesman reports on PHR's recent brief on Darfur, detailing the widespread attacks that take place in the absence of active armed conflict.
In a letter to Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, two PHR medical advisors who are experts in sexual violence evaluations urge him to void the use of unscientific medical evidence used to convict a Somali woman of making a false claim of having been gang-raped by soldiers. Both the woman and a journalist who interviewed her have been sentenced to a year in prison.
Grading the Benchmarks (April 2010)
Now, almost six months after the policy review, an honest accounting of the "benchmarks" for progress in Sudan suggests how much important work remains to be done if broader conflict is to be avoided.
This 9-page white paper, published March 17, 2010, on the eve of the US Special Envoy to Sudan's first twelve months in office, urges the US Envoy to address the urgent need of women and girls in Darfur through diplomatic efforts and the resources appropriated to the office for urgent peace and security interventions.
Nowhere to Turn (May 2009)
PHR's report documents the scope and long-term impact of rape and other sexual violence experienced by women who fled attacks on their villages in Darfur and are now refugees in neighboring Chad.
Susannah Sirkin oversees PHR’s international policy engagement including our work with the United Nations, domestic and international justice systems, and human rights coalitions. Sirkin is also responsible for managing and multiplying PHR’s strategic partnerships globally, expanding our volunteers from the medical and scientific community, and increasing our partnerships with NGOs, medical institutions, and other relationships that can enhance PHR’s effectiveness and grow the field of human rights activists. Read More »