Malaysia: Inadequate health care for prisoners

careThe Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has revealed that the right to health care in Malaysian prisons is still lacking. Recently, Suhakam conducted a nationwide survey on the right to health in prison, in which over 6,400 randomly selected individuals (5,482 prisoners, 886 prison staff, and 52 prison medical staff) from 18 prisons in Malaysia participated.

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New website: Medicines Law & Policy

careThe new website Medicines Law & Policy, launched recently by leading specialists on access to medicines and intellectual property law, provides policy and legal analysis, best practice models and other information that can be used by governments, non-governmental organisations, product development initiatives, funding agencies, UN agencies and others working to ensure the availability of effective, safe and affordable medicines for all.

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New report High-Level Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents

mum babyLast Monday, May 22th, the High-Level Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents published a report on realizing health-related human rights. It states that governments should invest in the integral relationship between human rights and health specifically for women, children and adolescents. 

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ICN Health and Human Rights Award for Japanese leprosy ambassador

thumbs upThe International Council of Nurses (ICN) presented its Health and Human Rights Award to Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, at the 2017 ICN Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on May 27. The award was presented in recognition of Sasakawa's contribution to the fight against leprosy and leprosy-related discrimination, and his achievements in the field of health and human rights.

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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. 

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Latest News

  • 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.