International human rights and the mistreatment of women during childbirth

mum babyEven though there has been recent attention to the role that human rights experts can play in developing and applying human rights standards in the context of maternal mortality and morbidity, the issue of mistreatment during facility-based childbirth remains relatively inexplored. A recent systematic review of the scientific literature documented an extensive range of mistreatment to which women are subjected during childbirth. 

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Access to adequate water, sanitation and hygiene in schools

protestThe good health, well-being, education and dignity of schoolchildren cannot be guaranteed without access to adequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools. In a booklet published by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, this issue is explored from a pan-European perspective.

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Australia: Controversial law amended

thumbs upMedical Doctors in Australia have forced the federal government to back down on controversial laws banning health practitioners from publicly revealing abuse and medical negligence in Australia’s offshore detention centres for refugees. Just days before the federal government was due to respond to a High Court challenge from the local organisation Doctors for Refugees, it has instead amended the Australian Border Force Act (2015) to exempt health professionals, including doctors, nurses, midwives, psychologists and others.

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The link between drug policy and access to medicines

morphineOn the Open Society Foundations website an explanatory article was published recently on the link between drug policies and access to medicines. The organization argues that drug control policies lean too heavily towards limiting access to medicines for which patients have a legitimate and urgent need. Especially access to opioid medicines, such as morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and codeine, is of particular concern.

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The right to health and the Sustainable Development Goals

educationIn his annual report to the UN General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, assesses the opportunity for the improvement of the right to health and human rights to contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have written a summary of this report.

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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.