A rich tapestry of shared norms exist regarding human rights, ranging from the right to life to the prohibition on torture. These norms flow from various international agreements and, in some instances, as a matter of custom in international law. We might also speak of them as ethical duties, rooted in a sense of common […]
This article was written by Benjamin Mason Meier, Associate Professor of Global Health Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mitra Motlagh, the Head of UNICEF’s Human Rights Unit, & Kumanan Rasanathan, the former Senior Adviser in UNICEF’s Health Section. The longstanding efforts of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to implement human […]
Long ago, psychologists recognized that children are not simply mini-adults. Similarly, children are not simply future workers. They are current and future citizens of the world, citizens (or otherwise participants in) of our democracy, members of their individual communities. That – along with giving short thrift to critical functions of the Labor Department, such as protecting […]
In the lead up to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis to take place in September, on June 18th the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health released an open letter emphasizing that states must commit to a rights-based approach to tuberculosis. The letter highlights that current levels of progress levels fail to […]
Today, the United Nations General Assembly will, for better or worse, shape the next decade of the global response to the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Millions of people will feel the decisions made today. Millions of lives will be won or lost as member states barter and jockey over the content of the Political Declaration […]
It wasn’t long ago that the ethnic cleansing – quite probably genocide – against the Rohingya people of Burma (Myanmar) made headlines. Beginning near the end of August last year, the most recent and violent episode of a gathering storm of discrimination, deprivation, and destruction, the Burmese military murdered at least 9,000 Rohingya, quite possibly many […]
This article was written by Lee Swepston, the former Senior Adviser on Human Rights and Human Rights Coordinator for the International Labor Organization As I was preparing my chapter dealing with occupational safety and health (OSH), developing the contribution on the International Labor Organization (ILO) for Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a […]
On May 25, Ireland eliminated its near-total ban on abortion, just days before women’s right advocates around the world celebrated the International Day of Action for Women’s Health on May 28. With 64% voter turnout, 66% percent voted in favor of repealing the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution — a 1983 measure that conferred equal rights on […]
As part of my role with the O’Neill Health Law Initiative, I recently attended part two of the Global Faith-Based Health Systems (GFBHS) Conference in Trento, Italy, titled “Global Faith-Based Health Systems: Integrating Technology and Empowering Communities.” The GFBHS project was conceptualized by Dr. Bette Jacobs (Georgetown University Health Law Initiative), Fr. Kevin Fitzgerald (Georgetown […]
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Namibia is an upper middle-income country where prosperity is not shared by everyone; pervasive inequality persists in Namibia and only a small proportion of people in Namibia live under conditions of an upper-middle income country. Having lived under apartheid until independence in 1990, significant disparity in health, wealth and in many other facets of life […]
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