Category Archives: Health and Human Rights

03.01.19

UNAIDS gives and gets advice on “Zero Discrimination Day”

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Today, the United Nations marks “Zero Discrimination Day,” an annual day of celebration that they made up in 2014. The day is meant to promote equality in all aspects of life, but in practice it seems to be a UNAIDS affair focused on discrimination against people living with HIV. Every member of the United Nations […]

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02.26.19

The air quality crisis in Bogota is an opportunity to rethink urban development

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Image courtesy of Justin Sovich/Creative Commons Last week Bogota, Colombia, experienced an environmental and health crisis: due to air pollution, the city’s authorities activated a code yellow (in some places, even a code orange) and imposed restrictions on the circulation of cars. They explained that the poor air quality was a result of thermal inversions, […]

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02.26.19

Genome editing and CRISPR

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This post was written by Andrés Constantin and Patricio López Turconi. Genome editing and CRISPR CRISPR-Cas9 (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) is a new technique of genome editing that offers the possibility of inserting, removing and correcting DNA with relative simplicity and efficiency. Scientists had already developed the ability to edit the genome by altering its […]

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01.23.19

The situation of access to health services in El Salvador

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This post was written by Patricio López Turconi, Intern at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and Andrés Constantin. Women El Salvador has sought to reduce inequality in access to health services for women through its 2011 Law on Equality, Equity and Elimination of Discrimination against Women (Decree N° 645). Article 26 […]

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01.18.19

Drug prices regulation in Colombia: An Issue of Sustainability and Social Justice

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Access to medicines is part of the Human Right to Health. The core components of this internationally recognized right indicate that every effort should be made to ensure that all actors in the health sector take up the challenge of ensuring that medicines are available, accessible and acceptable and of proper quality to all, including […]

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01.11.19

A legal fight against Kenya’s discriminatory HIV laws kicks off in the Nairobi High Court

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With the support of their loved ones and a sharp legal team from KELIN, a group of brave Kenyans living with HIV has challenged some of the world’s harshest HIV criminalization laws. Galvanized by the Positive Justice Campaign, their petition asks the Nairobi High Court to strike down as unconstitutional section 26 of Kenya’s Sexual […]

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01.02.19

Taxes, development and human rights: reflections from Colombia

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Image courtesy of Archivo Semana Last November, Colombia eliminated the tax on products for menstrual hygiene management. The Constitutional Court decided that taxing pads and tampons constituted a form of indirect discrimination against women and was therefore unconstitutional. This decision put an end to a long-lasting discussion between the government and civil society. In 2016, […]

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12.10.18

International Human Rights Day: “The Right to Health in National Courts”

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On 10 December 2018, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), jointly with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and with the support from the Government of Canada, celebrated the International Human Rights Day. The event focused on several topics concerning the right to health, which included discussions on the enforcement of the […]

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12.07.18

The Universal Periodic Review: Is It Delivering for Global Health?

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This article was written by: Judith Bueno de Mesquita, Lecturer and Acting Director Human Rights Centre Clinic, School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex Dabney P. Evans, Associate Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University Rebekah Thomas, Technical Officer, Gender, Equity and Human Rights, World Health Organization The United Nations Universal […]

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12.04.18

Mapping the Evolution of the Right to Health at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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This article was written by Gillian MacNaughton, Assistant Professor in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Mariah McGill, a Senior Fellow with the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University School of Law. The post of the UN High Commissioner for Human […]

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