Voices in the Field: new interview series

ifhhroVoices in the Field is a new multimedia interview series that shares the stories of experienced professionals in the field of health and highlights the role of human rights in their careers. Voices in the Field, a project of Global Health Law Groningen (The Netherlands) and IFHHRO, aims to capture the accounts of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including professors, lawyers, doctors, nurses, researchers and policymakers.

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Turkey: Medical doctors on trial

arrestThe third hearing in the trial of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı (the President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey - HRFT) and two journalists on charges of aiding terrorism was held today (March 21, 2017) at the 13th Çağlayan Heavy Penal Court in Istanbul. Along with Dr. Fincancı, the journalists Erol Önderoğlu (Reporters without Borders Turkey Representative) and Ahmet Nesin (a journalist/writer) were arrested on June 20, 2016 for defending freedom of the press. They were released ten days later. 

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Holy See: Universal access to medicine is a moral obligation

potje pillenLast week, the Holy See - the office of the Catholic Pope - issued an important statement with regards to universal access to medicines when  Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, the Vatican's representative to the United Nations in Geneva, addressed the Human Rights Council. He said that working for a just distribution of the fruits of the earth and of human labour is not mere philanthropy, but a moral obligation.

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USA: Civil and human rights coalition condemns proposed health-care bill

protestThe Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 organizations based in the United States, strongly condemns the new health-care bill proposed by President Trump and his Republican Party, which will replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). The president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, Wade Henderson, released a statement this week in which he outlines the likely consequences of the proposed bill for specific groups of American citizens.

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UN human rights experts call for global treaty to regulate dangerous pesticides

mum babyThe United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the right to food and on toxics have called for a comprehensive new global treaty to regulate and phase out the use of dangerous pesticides in farming, and move towards sustainable agricultural practices. Chronic exposure to pesticides has been linked to cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, hormone disruption, developmental disorders and sterility.

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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.