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 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.