Syria: 2016 was the most dangerous year for health workers

arrestThe Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) has released a new report on the health situation in Syria. Titled The Failure of UN Security Council Resolution 2286 in Preventing Attacks on Healthcare in Syria, this report documents 172 attacks on medical facilities and personnel from June through December 2016, using first-hand testimony and photo documentation from physicians and health workers in Syria. 

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Netherlands: Doctors support lawsuit against tobacco companies

legalDutch doctors will help pay for a criminal case being brought against four tobacco companies that are active in the Netherlands. The association behind the production of the Dutch Journal of Medicine (NTvG) is providing financial support to the lawsuit. 

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Universal Health Coverage and Human Rights

protestLast week, a few days before Universal Health Coverage Day (12 December), the Health and Human Rights Journal published a special section on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Human Rights. In the editorial, guest editor Audrey Chapman explains why UHC can be termed "a practical expression of the right to health" and why it is important to safeguard the inclusion of marginalized population groups. "Simply expanding health coverage, especially if it continues to exclude poor and vulnerable communities, is not sufficient from a human rights perspective," she wrote. 

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Call for papers: Right to health of Romani populations

sterilisation2The Health and Human Rights Journal is calling for papers for a special section titled 'Romani Global Diaspora: Implementation of the Right to Health' to be published in December 2017. Papers must be submitted by 28 February. This special section aims to examine the implementation of the right to health in the case of Romani ('gypsy') populations across the globe. It will draw attention to ongoing discrimination against the Roma and Roma-related groups in relation to the realization of the right to health.

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Fundraising for new children's hospital in Aleppo, Syria

mum babyEach year on 10 December, Human Rights Day is observed by the international community. On this day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to IFHHRO one of the most pressing health and human rights issues in the past years is the continuous attacks on health services in conflict zones. Organizations like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition have frequently raised awareness on the detrimental effects of bombing and looting of hospitals on the health of the people they serve. 

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  • 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.