The Johannes Wier Foundation is a Dutch human rights organization for health professionals: doctors, dentists, nurses and paramedics. The focus of the organization is on the specific responsibility of all health care workers regarding human rights. From human rights violations at global level the concern has also moved to the right to health of vulnerable groups in the Netherlands as migrants, uninsured, children and prisoners. The foundation has developed guidelines for the treatment of hunger strikers and a course for health professionals and students on Human Rights and Health Care. It had an essential contribution in the development of e-learningcourse on the right to health in a Medical Peace Work project.
The foundation is a member of the International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations.
The Johannes Wier Foundation was established in 1986 and is run by volunteers, most of them medical doctors. It served as the Secretariat of the International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations (IFHHRO).
The main themes covered by the Foundation are:
- Right to health (f.e. for undocumented immigrants)
- Medical-ethical dilemma's (f.e. in humanitarian assistance in conflict areas)
- Human rights education
- Forensic medicine
Besides calling attention to human rights violations in the field of health care, the Johannes Wier Foundation also provides expertise in cases of investigations of violations.
Who was Johannes Wier?
Johannes Wier was a medical doctor who resisted the persecution and burning of witches. He lived during the 16th Century and was therefore one of the first physicians fighting human rights violations. Due to his efforts and his fight for respect of human rights the burning of witches stopped in the Netherlands.
The Johannes Wier Foundation is a Dutch human rights organization for doctors, dentists, nurses and paramedics. De Johannes Wier Stichting mobiliseert professionals in de gezondheidszorg voor de bevordering van mensenrechten.