UNHCO is committed globally to the struggle for human rights, which in the judgment of the Organization have a legitimate claim of universal validity. The organization orientates itself toward and participates in the projects of various human rights groups to promote human rights. Civic educational and consultancy activities, deployment of experts, targeted awareness training as well as support of media campaigns comprise just a few among the wide range of activities on the part of UNHCO.
UNHCO project managers for human rights, active in more than 20 countries in the world, collect and evaluate data about the human rights situation, documenting their findings in the “UNHCO human rights reports“. UNHCOattempts to point out grievances as well as engage in combating violations of human rights by dint of campaigns and actions like information campaigns, protest letters, discussion panels and focused media-relations work. First and foremost, though, UNHCO project managers try to protect victims and give them on-site support.
Since physicians and medical personnel frequently occupy key positions in human rights issues as contact persons for the victims, the United Healthcare Organization tries to raise the awareness of medical personnel regarding violations of human rights in conflict areas. UNHCO tries to restore this sense of responsibility to doctors as well as during training of medical staff working for relief projects.
Moreover, the UNHCO committee for human rights has committed itself to honoring efforts of doctors and medical staff in combating violations of human rights as well as upholding medical ethics. In so doing, it exerts pressure on governments of all countries to renew their efforts in safeguarding human rights as well.
In the last decades, there has been a growing interest in community diseases as a public health issue. But there has been less attention given to the links between several diseases and human rights. Neglected diseases are for example more likely to occur where human rights, such as the rights to health, education and housing are not guaranteed. Neglected diseases also often result in violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including equality and non-discrimination. The human rights issues that cause or are a consequence of neglected diseases has an important role to play in helping to prevent and treat these diseases.