IFHHRO | Medical Human Rights Network promotes health-related human rights, including the right to health. Our focus is on the important role of health professionals.

We believe that there lies a huge potential in the health professions that could be mobilized for the promotion and protection of human rights.

Support campaign

Stop threatening Russian health workers fighting corona! Please send them a message of support


Training materials

IFHHRO’s online Human Rights for Health Workers training manual: training sessions in four languages


Steps for Change

How to use human rights to address problems in your own healthcare institution



Stop threatening Russian health workers!

IFHHRO has started a campaign in support of the Russian Alliance of Doctors, members of which have been harrassed for raising awareness about the lack of personal protective equipment in health facilities, among others.

Yesterday, we sent letters to the World Medical Association, the International Council of Nurses and the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, urging them to take a stand.

As of today, concerned health workers all over the world can submit a message of support to the staff and members of the Alliance of Doctors. We will collect these comments and send them to the Russian authorities in due time.

Read our statement and submit your message

Stop threatening Russian health workers - Go to our campaign

Read the statement issued by the Health Care in Danger network on 27 May 2020 on violence against health workers in times of COVID-19


Human rights and people who use drugs in the Mediterranean region

The Council of Europe has published a new report on human rights and people who use drugs in the Mediterranean region. It describes the current situation in 17 MedNET countries. The MedNET network consists of sixteen countries bordering the Mediterrean Sea and one landlocked one: Switzerland.

According to the report, a human rights-based approach to drug use should entail every single dimension related to drug use:

    • Health approach at the policy level: drug use must be considered rightly as a medical condition to be taken care of by qualified health professionals
    • Treatment must be available, accessible, affordable and science-based, with the best practices
    • Prevention must be based on science, facts and best practices
    • Data collection must be considered as a part of the right to access information for the community and the professionals
    • Rehabilitation and social reintegration must be provided
    • Access to treatment and care for specific populations must be available: people who use drugs in prisons, sex workers, pregnant women, migrants, refugees, elderly, etc.
    • Fight against stigma and raising awareness in the society as a whole is needed
    • The adaptation of the law to the human rights approach especially for minors and non-trafficking users
    • Promoting the right of people who use drugs to create their own NGOs and self-help groups
    • Promoting the right to access treatment for all the consequences of drug use
    • Promoting every strategy aiming at reducing the health, economic, social and legal consequences of drug use


Download the report (PDF)


Call for articles: Human rights in healthcare during COVID-19

The International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare has issued a call for papers on human rights in healthcare during COVID-19 and other pandemics. This special issue will be published early next year; the submission deadline for all papers is 1 September.

Topics that might be covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Communication and media in the context of human rights and healthcare (e.g., media and privacy rights of patients, framing of COVID-19 in the media, and the right to health information).
  • Vulnerable human rights during pandemics (e.g. freedom of expression, freedom from discrimination, freedom from arbitrary arrests, right against torture, cruel, and other inhuman treatment or punishment) and the scope of the health during state of health emergencies.
  • Human rights-based state practices during pandemics.
  • Civil society mobilization and activism for human rights during COVID-19 (e.g. practices of human rights organizations and watchdogs, experiences of volunteer civic organizations).
  • Ethical issues in healthcare practice and research during COVID-19.

Access the call for papers