The UN Special Rapporteur

IFHHRO actively supports the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the enjoyment of the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health, also known as the Right to Health. In 2002, the United Nations appointed for the first time a Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Prof. Paul Hunt from New Zealand. He was requested to work in cooperation with States, inter-governmental organisations and civil society; to report on the status of the Right to Health around the world; and to make recommendations on appropriate measures to promote and protect this human right.

In 2014, the UN Human Rights Council appointed Dainius Puras, a psychiatrist from Lithuania, as the third Special Rapporteur. His predecessor was Anand Grover from India, who served from 2008 to 2014. 

More on the UN Special Rapporteur (on the IFHHRO Right to Health Wiki)

Latest News

  • Health Professionals’ Pledge Against Torture

    complicityIFHHRO strongly supports Physicians for Human Rights' (PHR) new "Health Professionals’ Pledge Against Torture," following political discussion in the US regarding a potential return to waterboarding. 

     
  • Turkey: The case of dr. Serdar Küni

    arrestIFHHRO, along with a coalition of other organizations led by Physicians for Human Rights, has sent a letter to the Regional High Court in Gaziantep (Turkey) and the Turkish Ministry of Justice. The letter calls on the Court to uphold its fair trial obligations under international law in their appeal of a lower court's conviction of Dr. Serdar Küni. The conviction, dated April 24th, 2017, was based on arbitrary charges (providing medical treatment to Kurdish fighters) based on an anonymous testimony and signed statements obtained under torture.