Since 1987, ISHHR has worked with programs of capacity building in different post-conflict region every 3-5 years, followed by an International Conference on Health and Human Rights. This conference is a unique event for organizations and individuals working with mental health issues affecting people who have experienced trauma in the context of war and organized violence.

ISHHR Norway took over the reins from ISHHR Australia in 2021. Cooperating with a Local Organization Committee in Colombia, we continue to plan a year of capacity building and an international event in the natural beauty of Antioquía, Colombia – if all goes well with the world.

The ISHHR Conference has garnered local support in Colombia, particularly in Antioquía. 20 non-government organizations have agreed to join ISHHR’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) and lend their resources to the work.

All being well, we will welcome experts and speakers froom the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia to present, debate, and help to resolve our common global challenges.


Conversations on the way to Medellin

Loes van Wiligen, founder and Honorary President of ISHHR, suggested arranging in this time of crisis a series of webinars, alternating between English and Spanish. These “Conversations on the way to Medellin” could prepare the ground for our planned capacity-building and the International Conference in Medellín, Colombia in 2022 in cooperation with Colombian partners. Facilitators and front-workers from Colombia and around the world could share perspectives on their work with the final beneficiaries: women and men in Colombia and other post-conflict countries – tools for coping and healing.

ISHHR Webinars in 2021



The Council

The ISHHR Council are elected by members of the organisation at each ISHHR Conference. The Council operates as a steering-committee that guides the decisions and actions made by ISHHR as an organisation.

The ISHHR Secretariat and Council are thrilled to announce, the 11th ISHHR Conference will take place in Medellín, Colombia!

More details about the conference, including the conference theme, dates, and registration details, will be released shortly.

ISHHR Council Members


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