Doctors for Human Rights (DHR)

General Information
Doctors for Human Rights (DHR) was launched in 1989 as a voluntary organistion with a global remit. DHR exists to channel the humanity, influence and unique skills of the medical profession into securing worldwide observance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other internationally recognised Human Rights standards. Membership is open to the general public, corporations and health professionals alike. Experience shows that the medical world can both inform and learn from the human rights community.

Focus Areas
DHR has an eclectic remit covering not only civil and political rights, but also economic, social and cultural rights. However, it is the development and implementation of the right to the highest attainable standard of health that DHR campaigning has been most influential.

Contact Information
Address: 91 Harlech Rd, Abbots Langley, Herts, WD5 0BE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0) 1923 464 908
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Latest News

  • Human rights law and access to abortion

    legalThe recently published Human Rights Watch Q&A on Human Rights Law and Access to Abortion discusses abortion as a human rights issue and the health consequences of unsafe abortions. It also shows that restrictive abortion policies do not reduce the rate of unsafe abortions, and highlights the positions of UN experts and agencies on the criminalization of abortion.

  • Intellectual property rights and access to medicines

    arrestLast week, on 17 July, the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines took place at the UN headquarters in New York. Sub-titled "Advancing Health-Related SDGs through Policy Coherence", the panel came together during the UN High Political Forum on Sustainable Development. William New of the news service Intellectual Property Watch wrote a short report of this event.