Category Archives: Human Rights

10.19.18

The Framework Convention on Global Health: A Vote for Global Solidarity in an Era of Nationalistic Populism

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A Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) – a global treaty based in, and seeking to more fully give life to, the right to health, enhancing accountability and advancing health equity – is an idea that persists. You may well ask: A global treaty in the current political environment, with many governments and rapidly strengthening […]

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10.12.18

Black Lives Matter: The 21st Century Civil Rights Movement?

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Image: Courtsey of Rolling Stone   Racial tensions, inequalities police brutality, and violence are a major concern in the United States. People of color in America suffer from disparities across areas such as education, employment, housing, and incarceration rates.  African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million people in jail and are […]

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10.11.18

Auschwitz, South Sudan, and Searching for What Might Have Been

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From Auschwitz… I write these words just after my parents visited Auschwitz, that place of murder and Mengele, torture and terror, starvation and slavery, whose very name will be forever synonymous with the depths of darkness into which humanity can descend. As my parents told me after their experience, being there makes one shudders at […]

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10.01.18

The World Bank as a ‘Human Rights Free Zone’? Five Challenges and Opportunities to Integrating Rights in its Health Work

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This article was written by Yusra Ribhi Shawar, an Assistant Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with a courtesy appointment at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Jennifer Prah Ruger, the Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.   […]

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09.28.18

Getting to the roots of TB: The promise of health equity programs of action

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Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease of, above all, the people whom society has marginalized. Certainly everyone is at risk, and some who are not at the margins of society – health workers, for example – are among those at heightened risk. Yet the risk of contracting and dying from the disease is greatest among an array […]

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09.27.18

The UN High-Level Meeting on TB: An Opportunity for States to Implement Rights-Based Approaches to TB?

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Yesterday was the first-ever UN High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis. After much build-up, advocacy, and negotiation throughout the last year, the Political Declaration includes some critical commitments to scale up access to diagnosis and medicines, including by reaffirming the TRIPS Agreement and the Doha Declaration (para 19) and committing to providing diagnosis and treatment to […]

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08.20.18

Solidarity in a Time of Fear and Resistance: Here and Everywhere

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The past several weeks have brought reminders of the importance of solidarity with our fellow human beings who face threats to their well-being, whether from the diseases of hate and cruelty or from the equally devastating disease of indifference. We begin in Washington, DC, then move to the global stage. ****** As a resident of Washington, DC, […]

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07.27.18

Progress Towards Addressing Health Challenges and Inequity in Namibia

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  Last week, the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services launched the 2018-2022 National Strategic Plan and held the inaugural National Health Assembly. The National Health Assembly is a forum to discuss health issues and challenges in the country, including the development of the UHC framework which is presently underway. National Health Assemblies have […]

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07.17.18

Human Rights at Home

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This blog was authored by Nicholas Diamond, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center 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. […]

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07.11.18

UNICEF: Implementing Human Rights for Child Health

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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 […]

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