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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.

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

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Steps for Change

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

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Voices in the Field

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

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News

USA: Religious freedom versus the right to health

Fortunately, a federal judge in New York has struck down a Trump administration rule allowing healthcare providers to opt out of procedures to which they have religious or moral objections, a policy that threatened care for LGBTI people and others.

“Everyone is entitled to their religious beliefs, but religious beliefs do not include a license to discriminate, to deny essential care, or to cause harm to others.” (Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, senior staff attorney with the @ACLU)


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Virginity testing, a harmful traditional practice

One year ago, the UN called on governments to ban virginity testing globally because it violates several “humanrights and ethical standards including the fundamental principle in medicine to do no harm. In an article in Marie Claire magazine, Sophia Jones of the Fuller Project documents which countries are making progress on banning this harmful traditional practice, and which ones are falling behind.


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International guidelines on human rights, healthy diets and sustainable food systems

A group of 138 health and human rights experts from 38 countries has issued a call for international guidelines on human rights, healthy diets and sustainable food systems. They suggest that international human rights mechanisms provide important opportunities that are currently underutilised in the fight against both malnutrition and obesity.


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