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

  • Unfulfilled healthcare needs of migrant women care workers

    careOn November 21, a high-level panel at a meeting convened in Geneva will discuss a new WHO report entitled "Women on the Move: Migration, care work and health". Available data shows that a substantial and growing proportion of care work is being undertaken by migrants, the majority of whom are women. In Italy for instance, nearly 90% of home-based caregivers are foreign born. In this report, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls attention "to a global situation in which migrant women care workers buttress health systems in countries where there are shortfalls in healthcare provision, while their own right to health is eroded and their health care needs go unfulfilled." 

  • Why is adolescents’ health a human rights issue?

    ifhhroAdolescents face a myriad of threats to their right to health including violence, sexual assault, exploitation, trafficking, and harmful traditional practices. At the same time, they face multiple barriers to health services, including restrictive laws, unavailability of contraception or safe abortions; failure to ensure privacy and confidentiality; judgemental service provision, and discrimination. Our volunteer Tara Ornstein wrote an article about adolescents’ right to health for our website, explaining what the issues are and what health professionals can do to safeguard adolescents’ health and rights.