Campaigning & Advocacy

To safeguard clinical independence and promote protection mechanisms for health workers, IFHHRO engages continuously in active dialogues with organisations such as the WMA, ICN and WHO.
We advocate for increased attention to the role and responsibilities of health workers in implementing the right to health.

Stop Torture in Health Care Campaign

From 2010 to 2012, IFHHRO collaborated with Open Society Foundations and other NGO partners in the campaign Stop Torture in Health Care, an initiative to stop cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment in health-care settings. In the framework of this campaign, IFHHRO focused on three issues:

  1. Pain management as a human right
  2. Forced and/or coerced sterilization
  3. Detention in stead of treatment

For each of these topics IFHHRO organised conferences and workshops with organisations of health professionals and human rights experts. We can safely state that the campaign's three topics of attention are now well on the agenda of leading medical and human rights organisations. IFHHRO's collaboration with the World Medical Association (WMA), several National Medical Associations (NMAs) and the International Council of Nurses has thus proven successful. Especially the adoption of the WMA Resolution on Access to Adequate Pain Treatment has been a big success. It illustrates the necessity of cooperation between organisations of health professionals and human rights organisations.

IFHHRO highlights from this campaign

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.