Syria: Letter-writing campaign Amnesty International

Amnesty International urges all health workers to send a letter to the Syrian authorities before the end of November, and express their concerns regarding reports of serious human rights violations against people wounded in the popular protests, as well as against health professionals perceived to be government opponents.

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IFHHRO expresses concerns on the situation of health workers in Bahrain

arrestIn a letter to Her Excellency Dr. Fatima Mohammed Al-Balushi, Bahrain Minister of Human Rights and Social Development and Acting Minister of Health, IFHHRO president Robert Simons, expressed our deepest concerns regarding colleague health workers who reportedly are still kept in detention, following the recent protests in Bahrain. 

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Greenpeace India's campaign to free MD and environmental activist

An Indian doctor, Dr. Harihar Patel, and an environmental activist, Ramesh Agrawal, are in custody for exposing an environmental violation in the Indian state of Chattisgarh. Mr. Agrawal and Dr. Patel exposed irregularities in the environmental clearance process for a coal-fired thermal power plant being built in Raigarh District.

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Petition to the UN Security Council about attacks on hospitals and accountability

IFHHRO has signed a letter to members of the UN Security Council endorsing Germany’s effort to strengthen accountability mechanisms regarding attacks on hospitals in connections with the mechanisms it has established on protection of children in armed conflict.

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Call for more health workers, better supported

The world is suffering from a massive gap of more than 3.5 million health workers. Millions more existing health workers lack the support, equipment and training they need. On 26 May 2011 fifty organisations issued a statement, published in The Guardian, to initiate bringing together hundreds of organisations behind a call for more health workers, better supported.

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