A lengthy backlog of rape kits in jurisdictions across the US are finally being tested. But that’s just the beginning.Until last year, no national requirements existed on what to do with rape kits, enabling a patchwork of approaches. Now the Justice Department recommends…

“Catastrophic” doesn’t begin to describe the horrific siege on 13 medical facilities in Syria’s East Ghouta.In recent days, aerial bombardments have killed at least 260 civilians and injured over 600, reports the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). So far this year,…

Somalia’s government is detaining and torturing children linked to the Islamist armed group Al-Shabab, according to a Human Rights Watch report released yesterday.

Graphic footage has surfaced of the Burmese government destroying evidence of mass graves of slain Rohingya Muslims after media investigations exposed several sites in Rahkine state.The disturbing footage obtained by The Arakan Project documents mass graves being bulldozed…

As “students took cover under desks, fire alarms blared and teachers barricaded classrooms,” Nikolas Cruz shot 17 people to death yesterday in a Parkland, Florida high school, Florida’s Sun Sentinel reports.

Decades after the Iran-Iraq war, Iran provides rare testing grounds for the long-term impact of chemical attacks that killed 5000 Iranians and sickened more than 100,000, according to Iran's Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs.A dozen research centers in Iran are…

Violence unfolds like contagious epidemics—yet while public health approaches to stopping violence can work, they are underutilized and under-resourced.

The perpetual stream of mass shooting tragedies has doctors looking at gun violence—which takes 34,000 lives a year—as a public health crisis.

Dozens of Rohingya Muslim women and girls detailed horrific “sweeping and methodical” rape at the hands of Burma’s security forces.Aung San Suu Kyi’s government denies accounts of rape; an internal military investigation last month concluded such assaults never took place.

In low- and middle-income countries, verbal and physical abuse of women seeking obstetric care is “widespread and pervasive” in the very facilities meant to ensure a safe delivery, write Kirsten Austad and colleagues.Despite global efforts to promote facility-based birthing…