Swedish Professors and Doctors for Human Rights, founded 2014

Swedhr history in synopsis


Swedish Professors & Doctors For Human Rights (SWEDHR) was founded in Uppsala, Sweden, in 2014. The bases of an initiative presented by Professor Marcello Ferrada de Noli agreed in a meeting on the 19th of September 2014 hosted by Doctor Leif Elinder, and the participation of Professor Anders Romelsjö. Our founding Board of Directors is described here. The human-rights activities of our organization have mostly dealt with the case against Julian Assange initiated in Sweden.


In 2019, the international focus of the Julian Assange case moved from Sweden to the UK, after the Swedish prosecution decided to drop the so-called “legal case”, coinciding with the US  request to the UK on the extradition of Assange. In London, a group of British doctors then established Doctors For Assange, an initiative which Swedhr doctors endorsed soon thereafter, in December 2019.

Considering the above, and after consultation with the members, the Board of Directors of SWEDHR unanimously decided to suspend the organization’s activities as per January 2020, and instead recommending its members to integrate and facilitate a support to the said international initiative Doctors For Assange based in London. The SWEDHR chairman and vice-chairman representation activities remaining.

The Board of Directors of  Swedish Professors and Doctors for Human Rights thanked chairman Prof Marcello Ferrada de Noli “för en utomordentligt fin insats till stöd för mänskliga rättigheter och till stöd för Julian Assange i synnerhet“. / Dr Lena Oske, updated 26 March 2020.


In September 2020, the board of directors decided to re-initiate our SWEDHR activities, principally to intervene in the Swedish Covid-19 debate, with focus in the human rights of the Swedish elderly population.

In view of the Covid-19 pandemic in Sweden, the Board of Directors decided in September 2020 to re-assume the SWEDHR activities, principally to intervene in the debate around Sweden’s Covid-19 strategy, and with focus in the humans rights of Swedish elderly.

This activity ended in May 2021. Read in The Indicter magazine on the rationale of SWEDHR Board of Directors to end the activities of this new period.


Doctors for Assange tweet 11 Dec 2019