The Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace unite students who strive to create an equal and peaceful world and believe in international, intercultural as well as interpersonal solidarity. We believe in everybody’s responsibility as well as the ability to contribute to creating this world, as human rights can only exist when it applies to all humans.
In 1983, the Standing Committee on Refugees was formed, aiming to call attention to the problems faced by the displaced population and participate in relief efforts. The committee members soon realized that these efforts were merely palliative, whereas a sustainable solution would have to address the root of the problem – violence, conflicts and human rights violations. In 1995, the committee changed the name to Standing Committee on Refugees and Peace, and finally, in 2005 it became the SCORP that we know today, Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace.
SCORP has a vision of a peaceful world where the all individuals are entitled to full and equal access to their human rights, where no one is left behind, where priority is given to people in greatest need and where the entire society, including medical students and health workers, unite to support vulnerable groups.
The mission of SCORP is to empower and motivate medical students to actively promote and protect human rights and peace through advocacy, capacity building, and awareness raising, and by supporting the students in carrying out activities and projects that contribute to creating a fair and peaceful world.
Human Rights: We primarily refer to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948 when we talk about human rights without further specification, however, sometimes other international covenants and treaties are also mentioned.
Peace: SCORP understands peace as both the absence of conflict (negative peace) and the presence of equality and harmony (positive peace).
Human rights cover a wide range of topics, not the least the right to health, which can be addressed in a variety of ways. SCORP members all over the world conduct activities in many different areas, here we are only naming a few:
Human rights Trainers: In 2013, the first SCORP Camp, a summer training camp on SCORP issues, was held in Slovakia. Since then 4 more editions have been held, with the 6th Annual SCORP Camp due to be held in the Czech Republic in August 2018. Thanks to these camps, in addition to a number of other international, regional and national workshops, IFMSA now has about 300 Human Rights Trainers spread over the 5 regions.
Migrants Rights: Apart from the projects on a local level, regional and international initiatives have been taken. 20 European NMOs made a statement (found here) on the disaster on the Mediterranean, and a campaign has been created to celebrate World Refugee Day (20th of June).
Disaster Risk Management & Humanitarian Actions: IFMSA hosted four three days training during the year 2014 – 2015 on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Humanitarian Response, which have resulted in extensive mobilization and recruitment of medical students to be involved in the topic. A curriculum of a seven mount training on DRM and Humanitarian Actions is development and a recruitment of participants to this comprehensive training is launched. IFMSA were also coordinating children and youth within the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction process, with the worldwide capacity building of youth in DRR and inclusion of youth and medical student in the outcome of this UN process; the Sendai Framework for Action. Disaster Medicine research is now also ongoing.
Health Care in Danger: IFMSA has developed a collaboration with ICRC Health Care in Danger project, where IFMSA is training medical students on the ethical dilemmas of medical workers in disaster settings. Three trainings have been taking place at this point; one global in Sweden, one in EMR region and one global in Turkey.
The template advocacy letter to support governments to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: IFMSA in collaboration with the Students Federation of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW Students) developed the youth advocacy letter to support governments to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Please find the template letter here!
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Related Policy Documents
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Dignifying and Non-Discriminatory Health Care
Emergency, Disaster Risk, and Humanitarian Action
Ethics and Human Rights
Children’s Health and Rights
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