Category Archives: Human Rights

11.19.13

It’s All About Legs-Part II: Squeaky Wheel Gets The Oil?

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After I wrapped up last month’s blog post on the ownership of amputated limbs in China, I read an astonishing news story online: a 47-year-old Chinese peasant, Mr. Zheng Yanliang, cut off his diseased right leg to save both his life and healthcare costs. Mr. Zheng lives in Qingyuan County in the Hebei Province, just […]

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10.29.13

New Research Tool for Health and Human Rights Advocates Formally Launched to the Public

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On October 24, 2013, the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University and the Lawyers Collective formally launched the Global Health and Human Rights Database. This long-awaited database provides users with free online access to law from around the world on health and human rights, offering an interactive, searchable, and fully […]

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10.14.13

U.N. Is Sued in U.S. Court for Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

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On October 9, 2013, a class action lawsuit was filed in the federal court in the Southern District of New York against the United Nations (U.N.) by the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti  and on behalf of Haitians and Haitian Americans whose family members or themselves […]

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10.08.13

Consultation on the Framework for a Framework Convention on Global Health

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You may be aware of the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), a proposed global health treaty to be rooted in the right to health and aimed, above all, at global and domestic health equity. The international coalition of civil society and academics known as the Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global […]

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06.14.13

Lessons from the Industry

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In her opening remarks to the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion, Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned: [e]fforts to prevent non-communicable diseases go against the business interests of powerful economic operators. In my view, this is one of the biggest challenges facing health promotion . . . [i]t is […]

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05.18.13

Inter-American Commission Grants Precautionary Measures to Save the Life of Beatriz

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 This post was written by Francisco J. Quintana (Legal Intern from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, and Paula Avila Guillen (Institute Associate) of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Any questions or comments about this post can be directed to pa390@law.georgetown.edu. “Beatriz”, a 22-year old woman, is pregnant with an anencephalic fetus. She has been diagnosed with […]

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03.29.13

Accountability and the FCGH at the CUGH conference

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I had the honor to join two luminaries in the health and human rights world on a panel at the annual conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health here in Washington, DC, two weeks ago. Sofia Gruskin, probably the first “right to health person” I came across back when I was in law […]

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03.20.13

Juan E. Méndez, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture, and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Punishment Reports on Torture and Health-care Settings: The Case of Palliative Care

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This post was written by Francisco J. Quintana (Legal Intern from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella) and Paula Avila Guillen (Institute Associate) of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Any questions or comments about this post can be directed to fjq2@law.georgetown.edu  or pa390@law.georgetown.edu.            Juan E. Méndez, the UN’s […]

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03.19.13

Uruguay New Abortion Law Starts Debate about Conscientious Objection

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  This post was written by Francisco J. Quintana (Legal Intern from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella) and Paula Avila Guillen (Institute Associate) of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Any questions or comments about this post can be directed to fjq2@law.georgetown.edu or pa390@law.georgetown.edu.            In October 2012, Uruguay became one of the few […]

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12.07.12

Litigation and Health Reform in Brazil: Balancing Access to Health with the Creation of a Durable and Equitable Health System

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This post was written by John Thorpe and originally published on Georgetown’s Human Rights Institute Blog, 1948: A Rights Forum on December 5, 2012. Good health is a precondition for the enjoyment of most of the rights we cherish.  A young woman crippled by opportunistic HIV/AIDS infections faces significant challenges to vote, let alone to contest barriers […]

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