Access to medicines and international trade rules

potje pillenRecently, the report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access To Medicines was published. Entitled 'Promoting innovation & access to health technologies', this report focuses on the discrepancies between international trade agreements such as the patent system, and international human rights law, which includes the right to health. In an Editorial in the Lancet, the editors praise the High-Level Panel for its strong focus on the use of human rights as the basis of policies on access to medicines. 

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Launch High Level Working Group for the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents

mum babyToday, a new High Level Working Group for the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents was launched by the United Nations. This UN Working Group will work for one year to generate high-level political support, at both national and international levels, for the implementation of the human rights-related measures called for under the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030).

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Call for Abstracts journal Global Health Governance

educationThe Fall 2017 issue of the journal Global Health Governance will focus on the application of human rights frameworks in global health governance, with this special issue examining the global institutions bound by human rights under international law. 

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Latest report Special Rapporteur to the UN General Assembly

educationThe Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health recently issued his second report to the UN General Assembly. The report focuses on the links between the Sustainable Development Goals and health and human rights. 

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Mozambique: Opposition group raids hospitals

careArmed men linked to Mozambique’s main opposition party, the Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO), have raided at least two hospitals and two health clinics over the past month. The attacks on the medical facilities, which involved looting medicine and supplies and destroying medical equipment, threaten access to health care for tens of thousands of people in remote areas of the country.

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  • 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.