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. 

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Turkey: The case of Dr. Serdar Küni

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On April 24th, the Turkish medical doctor Serdar Küni was sentenced by a local court to over 4 years of imprisonment. In response, a coalition of organizations led by Physicians for Human Rights, sent a letter to the Regional High Court in Gaziantep (Turkey) and the Turkish Ministry of Justice. The letter, which was also signed by IFHHRO, calls on the Court to uphold its fair trial obligations under international law in the appeal of the lower court's conviction of Dr. Küni. According to many human rights organizations, this conviction was based on arbitrary charges (providing medical treatment to Kurdish fighters) based on an anonymous testimony and signed statements obtained under torture.

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India: Human rights course for community health workers in Bihar

educationOver 4,000 community health workers in the Indian State of Bihar will be trained in human rights by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). This course was an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Amnesty International India. The three-month 'Self-Learning Human Rights Certificate Course' aims to promote human rights values and principles of equality, dignity, inclusion, non-discrimination and participation in the public through community health workers.

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Voices in the Field project

ifhhroTwo board members of IFHHRO, i.e., secretary of the board Adriaan van Es and chair Robert Simons, were recently interviewed for the interview project Voices in the Field.

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Ethical issues in tuberculosis control

careOn the occasion of World TB Day 2017 (24 March), the World Health Organization launched new tuberculosis (TB) ethics guidelines to help ensure that countries implementing the End TB Strategy adhere to sound ethical standards to protect the rights of all those affected.

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Latest News

  • UK: Discriminatory National Health System policies

    protestLast week, thousands of NHS (National Health System) workers and activists marched in the cities of London, Newcastle and Manchester to protest against a health policy that has left migrants too scared to access care.  The government’s so-called ‘hostile environment’ policy has been described as discriminatory and inhumane.

     
  • Ghana: Ban shackling and invest in mental health services

    complicityThe government of Ghana should ensure adequate funding for mental health services in the country, a coalition of Ghanaian and international nongovernmental groups said. This is as a crucial step to eliminating the widespread practice of shackling and other abuses against people with psychosocial disabilities. The coalition includes several mental health and human rights organizations in Ghana, Human Rights Watch, CBM, Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, Anti-Torture Initiative, and the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez.