History

IFHHRO | Medical Human Rights Network (previously known as the International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations) started in 1989 as an informal network of health and human rights organizations upon an initiative of Physicians for Human Rights (USA) and the Johannes Wier Foundation (The Netherlands). Representatives met annually in international conferences on a variety of health-related human rights topics, including:

  • Prison health
  • Torture
  • Forensic expertise in political mass killings
  • Gender and communal violence
  • Health care under attack
  • The right to health
  • Exclusion and inequalities in health care

Our track record

  • Involved in drafting the Istanbul Protocol
  • Consulted by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the drafting of General Comment 14 (on the Right to Health)
  • Cooperated intensively with the first Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health
  • Produced an expert opinion for the European Court of Human Rights
  • One of the organizations involved in the Campaign against Torture in Healthcare
  • Involved in several fact-finding missions, the development and dissemination of several position statements and courses on health and human rights