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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.

Training materials

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

Israel: criminalization of Palestinian human rights organizations

Our partner Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHRI) has issued a statement in solidarity with Palestinian human rights organizations that have recently been criminalized by the Israeli Ministry of Defense. The decree outlaws six prominent Palestinian human rights organizations. PHR-Israel is calling upon health organizations and individuals around the world to express their support for a statement condemning this political decision that aims at silencing Palestinian organizations.

One of the outlawed organizations is Addameer, which defends the rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, and challenges the use of torture and the practice of force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike. According to PHRIs website, the doctors’ organization and Addameer work in close coordination to promote the right to health of Palestinian inmates in Israeli prisons, including their right to ethical healthcare.


Read PHRIs statement here. If you wish to indicate your support, please fill out this form before the 31st of October.

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The human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment

On 8 October 2021, the Human Rights Council recognized that having a clean and healthy environment is a basic human right.  Resolution 48/13 on the “human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment” was adopted by the Council during its 48th regular session. Another resolution (48/14) prepares the way for the establishment of a Special Rapporteur on the human rights impacts of climate change.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said: “The Human Rights Council’s decisive action in recognising the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is about protecting people and planet – the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat. It is also about protecting the natural systems which are basic preconditions to the lives and livelihoods of all people, wherever they live.”

A short article written by our volunteer Tara Ornstein for our Topics section shows how the environment, health and human rights are interlinked, and highlights what health workers can do to protect the environment, as well as their patients.


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Vacature adviserend jurist voor bestuur IFHHRO (vervuld)

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.


Update: wij hebben al iemand gevonden!

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