Forensic Evidence of Violence against the Rohingya: Documenting the Chut Pyin Massacre

Jul 24, 2018 by


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A team of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) doctors has forensically documented the beatings, gunshot wounds, burns, and other violence suffered by Rohingya Muslims at the hands of Myanmar security forces and civilians in order to corroborate the survivors’ stories and help them seek justice. Our latest report features in-depth forensic medical evaluations of survivors of a massacre in the village of Chut Pyin in August 2017, including a five-year-old, pictured above, who was blinded in one eye by an explosion (faces blurred for security reasons). The evidence gathered by PHR validates survivors’ accounts of the horrific violence inflicted on them, and sheds more light on exactly what happened during the bloody attack on that village. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour recently sat down with PHR’s director of programs, Homer Venters, MD, to discuss our forensic medical findings.

Read PHR’s new report.

Urgent Deadline: Tell HHS to Reunite Kids with Families Now

We’re just two days away from the final deadline of July 26, when a court has ordered that thousands of immigrant children taken from their parents at the U.S. border must be reunited with their parents. We can’t let this story fade from the national spotlight. For refugee children, being forcibly separated from family has an impact on mental health that is as harmful as being beaten and tortured. Add your voice and tell HHS Secretary Alex Azar to reunite families now!

Tell HHS to reunite families now.

Kavumu Appeal Verdict Expected Soon

An appeal is underway by the men who raped dozens of little girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after a landmark ruling in December 2017 convicted them of crimes against humanity. The 11 men, including a powerful provincial lawmaker, were sentenced to life in prison for raping the girls during a three-year reign of terror in the village of Kavumu. PHR, which provided extensive technical support during the original investigation, is closely monitoring the appeal, while continuing our work to support a meaningful justice process for survivors of sexual violence in the DRC. A ruling is expected very shortly.

Watch how PHR’s work with local partners helped achieve justice for survivors.

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