Charity of the week
Since 1986, Physicians for Human Rights (physiciansforhumanrights.org) has been at the forefront of efforts to document human rights abuses around the globe. Combining forensic science, medical evaluations, and epidemiology, PHR scientists rigorously collect information to stop or prevent genocide, sexual violence, and war crimes, and ensure they do not go unpunished. PHR played a leading role in creating the first official international standard for documenting torture, and was a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. The charity also trains human rights defenders in forensic science, which they can use to document rape and murder and give evidence in court cases. PHR’s work was instrumental in the 2016 sentencing of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to 40 years in prison for his role in the genocide of Muslims during the Bosnian War.
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