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.

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


Voices in the Field

Experienced professionals in the field of health on the role of human rights in their careers



Vacature adviserend jurist voor bestuur IFHHRO (vrijwilliger)

IFHHRO Medical Human Rights Network is een medische beroepsorganisatie die zich ten doel stelt om bewustwording en kennis over het raakvlak tussen mensenrechten en gezondheidszorg, inclusief het ‘right to health’, te bevorderen onder medische beroepsbeoefenaars.  IFHHRO is een kleine organisatie en werkt zoveel mogelijk in samenwerking met andere organisaties.

Het bestuur van IFHHRO heeft behoefte aan versterking van de juridische expertise. Wij zijn daarom op zoek naar een jurist die ons kan adviseren en kan meedenken met organisatie.

Deze (vrijwilligers)functie bestaat uit twee hoofdonderdelen:

  1. Het werk van de stichting IFHHRO versterken door de juridische basis ervan te borgen, en het netwerk uit te breiden.
  2. Beschikbaar stellen van expertise bij het inhoudelijke werk van de organisatie, zoals: lesgeven, begeleiden van (PhD-)studenten, deelname aan of adviseren van projecten waar juridische inzet gewenst is.

Wij zoeken een jurist met (bij voorkeur internationale) ervaring op het gebied van mensenrechten en/of global health. De tijdsbesteding zal onregelmatig zijn en afhankelijk van lopende activiteiten, maar zal uitkomen op maximaal circa 2 tot 4 uren per maand.

Als je geïnteresseerd bent in deze functie of eerst meer inforrmatie wilt, neem dan gerust contact met ons op.


Israel: End vaccine discrimination now!

website PHR-IIFHHRO has signed a petition issued by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel in support of its appeal to the Israelian Supreme Court to ensure vaccine access for all Palestinians. Two weeks ago, five Israeli & Palestinian Organizations including PHR-I urged the Court to immediately secure a uniform supply of vaccines to the Palestinian population, who have been deprived of access to this life-saving resource so far.

Vaccine discrimination

On its website, PHR-I calls for the end of vaccine discrimination in the country. As the petition states: “… only 135,000 vaccine doses, intended for only 67,500 people, have been provided to Palestinians in the oPt [occupied Palestinian territories], less than 1.5% of the Palestinian population. At the same time, Israel has vaccinated almost 5.2 million people: over half of its population. Directly, Israel provided only 2,000 of the vaccines that have been provided to the oPt, with the rest donated by other countries or provided through the COVAX mechanism. ”

More information: https://www.phr.org.il/en/




Russia: release Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva!

In Russia, Dr. Anastasiya Vasilyeva, the President of the Doctors Alliance, was put in isolation in her own house in January, following her arrest during a protest rally in Moscow in support of Putin opponent Alexei Navalny. IFHHRO sent a letter today to the General of Justice, Mr. Bastykin, and the General Procecutor of the Russian Federation, Mr. Krasnov, requesting them to acquit Dr. Vasilyeva of all charges and release her from house arrest.

Read the letter below.

IFHHRO | Medical Human Rights Network has been notified of the imposition of house arrest and isolation of our colleague Dr. Anastasiya Vasilyeva. She is reportedly accused of violating COVID-19 sanitary and epidemiological rules, while attending a protest rally in Moscow on January 23, 2021.

This accusation has no legitimate ground, as Moscow mayor Mr. Sergei Sobyanin lifted all restrictions on COVID-19 the day before.

There is compelling evidence that her arrest follows her public position regarding the arrest and conviction of Mr. Alexei Navalny, in which she, as Chair of the Doctors Alliance, has protested the violation of Mr. Navalny’s right to life and health.

Her protest has its legal basis in international human rights treaties, as enshrined in the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ratified by the Russian government.

Ms. Anastasiya Vasilyeva’s house arrest and isolation from her minor children is illegal and causes medical damage to the community she serves. This is a clear violation of the principles of the right to the highest attainable standard of health, which is also recognized by the Russian government.

We therefore urge the Russian authorities to unconditionally release our colleague Anastasiya Vasilyeva in order to enable her to take care of her family, including two young children, and to continue her work as a doctor without political impediments.