Welcome to SCORP!
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.
- Enhance students knowledge on human rights, peacebuilding, humanitarian response, international humanitarian law and violations of human rights;
- Provide medical students with tools and skills to act according to Human Rights and ethics both in clinical settings and in everyday life;
- Support and create activities, such as campaigns, capacity building, and advocacy, aiming to fulfill the vision of the standing committee;
- Facilitate the Federations policy development on areas related to human rights and peace;
- Provide members with the opportunity to advocate for implementation of policies through inclusion in national and international laws and frameworks;
- Collaborate with relevant partners in the implementation of objectives related to human rights and peace.
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:
- Refugees: In spite of our name change, the work to support refugees and other displaced persons remain a priority within SCORP. In 2014, there were 59 million displaced persons globally, and they face no fewer challenges than 30 years ago.
- Human Rights and Ethics: All of our activities are founded on the Human Rights, but we also try to teach these to other people – children, medical students, the general public – as well as to incorporate them in Medical Education and our profession.
- Disasters: When a disaster strikes, may it be man-made or natural, the affected population tend to become deprived of basic human rights such as food, water, and shelter. This causes suffering that can be alleviated and in some cases prevented.
- Vulnerable Populations: Apart from refugees, we often address for example children, elderly people, people with mental or physical impairments, homeless people and others who often face discrimination, negligence or maltreatment.
Examples of recent achievements
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!
To find SCORP related documents, such as publications, regulations, and manuals, please Click here!
Related Policy Statements
- Indigenous Health (August 2016)
- Asylum Seeker & Refugee’s Health (March 2016)
- Human Trafficking & Health (March 2016)
- Discrimination & Hate Crimes (August 2015)
- Elder Abuse & Abandonment (August 2015)
- Disaster and Emergency Management (August 2014)
- Access to Health Care for Undocumented Persons (August 2014)
- Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (August 2014)
- Protection of Health Services (March 2014)
- Assuring Access to Medical and Humanitarian aid in Syria (March 2014)
- Indigenous Health (August 2013)
- Human Trafficking & Health (March 2013)
To view all IFMSA Policy Statements, click here.
Dignifying and Non-Discriminatory Health Care
Emergency, Disaster Risk, and Humanitarian Action
Ethics and Human Rights
Children’s Health and Rights
Main External Partners
- UN Major Group of Children and Youth (MGCY)
- UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East)
- The Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action
- Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine (CRIMEDIM)
- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
- Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition
International Team 2016-2017
Regional Assistant for Africa: Elizabeth Peters ([email protected])
Regional Assistant for Americas: Jose Espino ([email protected])
Regional Assistant for Asia-Pacific: Rujvee Patel ([email protected])
Regional Assistant for Eastern Mediterranean Region: Mennah El Refaey ([email protected])
Co-Regional Assistants for Europe: Jan-Marcus Haus & Natalia Sot ([email protected])
General Assistant: Idil Kina ([email protected])
Development Assistant: Hiba Gandour ([email protected])
Liaison Officer for Human Rights and Peace: Marian Sedlak ([email protected])
Director for Human Rights and Peace: Ugonna Nwankpa ([email protected])
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