Mission & Vision

The International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations (IFHHRO) promotes the protection and fulfillment of health-related human rights, including the right to health. IFHHRO focuses on the important role of health professionals in this regard. IFHHRO believes that there lies a huge potential in the health profession that could be mobilised for the promotion and protection of human rights, by applying medical expertise.

To increase the involvement of doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health workers, IFHHRO stimulates international cooperation between health and human rights organizations in various countries.

Our institutional members are doctors' associations interested in human rights work, human rights groups paying attention to health-related rights violations, or organizations that have been especially created to mobilize health professionals for human rights protection.

Our mission is to mobilise health workers for the worldwide progressive realisation of health-related human rights.

Our vision: we strive for the full enjoyment of health-related human rights by everyone.

Latest News

  • Health professionals unethical involvement in CIA torture programme

    complicityAccording to a new report released today by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), recently declassified documents confirm that the CIA conducted experimental research to test an unsupported hypothesis that torture could break the resistance of detainees and aid interrogation. It confirms that health workers were involved in illegal and unethical experiments to define the thresholds of pain and suffering of the torture subjects.

     
  • USA: Drug courts fail to provide adequeate treatment to drug users

    drugaddictionIn the report Neither Justice nor Treatment, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) states that drug courts in the United States struggle to meet medical and human rights standards. According to the researchers, drug courts – designed to reduce incarceration and provide necessary treatment – routinely fail to provide adequate, medically-sound treatment for substance use disorders.