The Johannes Wier Foundation for Health and Human Rights

General Information
The Johannes Wier Foundation is a Dutch human rights organization for health professionals: doctors, dentists, nurses and paramedics. The focus of the organization is on the specific responsibility of all health care workers regarding human rights. From human rights violations at global level the concern has also moved to the right to health of vulnerable groups in the Netherlands as migrants, uninsured, children and prisoners. The foundation has developed guidelines for the treatment of hunger strikers, a course for health professionals and students on Human Rights and Health Care and wrote a book for nurses. It had an essential contribution in the development of e-learning course on the right to health in a Medical Peace Work project.

Focus Areas
The main themes covered by the Johannes Wier Foundation are:

  • Right to health (f.e. for undocumented immigrants)
  • Hungerstrikes
  • Medical-ethical dilemma's (f.e. in humanitarian assistance in conflict areas)
  • Human rights education
  • Forensic medicine

Main Acticities
Advocacy, awareness raising, education, information through newsletters, website and publishing, initiating of debates.

Contact Information
Address: Nienoord 5, 1112 XE Diemen, The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 (0)20 840 76 30
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Latest News

  • Adolescents' access to sexual and reproductive health and rights

    mum babyA new publication of the Centre for Reproductive Rights analyses young people's access to sexual and reproductive health from a human rights perspective. It concludes that significant gaps remain in adolescents' knowledge about their sexual and reproductive health and rights and ability to access essential sexual and reproductive health services.

  • Brazil: Gaps in response to Zika virus outbreak

    mum babyIn a recent Human Rights Watch report, the organization states that Brazil has not addressed longstanding human rights problems that allowed the Zika virus outbreak to escalate. As a result, the Zika threat in Brazil remains, even though the government declared an end to the national public health emergency related to the Zika virus in May 2017.