Category Archives: Human Rights

02.27.18

Several modest proposals to improve safety, reduce gun violence, and make Americans happy

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Over the past month or two, we’ve heard some proposals, both innovative and long-standing, to address violence and joblessness. Let’s start with the President’s suggestion that immigrants who enter our country – whether through several legal immigration routes or as unaccompanied minors – are a great threat to our safety. The proposed solutions are to […]

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02.26.18

Post-Nasser: An Opportunity to Change the Culture of Rape Impunity in Michigan?

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 photo: BCGavel.com Like so many Michigan State University alumni, I was sickened to hear the details of the Larry Nasser case and the role the university played in impunity for so many appalling crimes against girls and young women—there are allegations of assault against 260 victims.[1] The crisis of sexual assault on campuses and more […]

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02.06.18

Join a Global Conversation on a New Approach to Reducing Health Inequities

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The realities of health inequities may be too well known to shock us any longer. People in richer countries live longer than those in poorer countries. And within countries, people who are rich live longer than people who are poor, people with more education longer than people with little schooling. Practically everywhere, certain populations, like […]

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01.30.18

Discrimination Against People Affected by Leprosy and the Groundbreaking Case of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy vs. Union of India & Others

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  Many thanks to Yashaswini Mittal for her significant contributions to this article, and especially for her and her team’s work at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy fighting stigma and discrimination against people affected by leprosy in India, through their groundbreaking public interest litigation. image: NDTV.com Last Sunday was World Leprosy Day, an annual opportunity […]

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01.10.18

The Framework Convention on Global Health Alliance: Hope Springs Anew for the FCGH and Right to Health

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It is always spring for human rights. Old ideas embedded in fundamental values do not lose the boundless hope and energy of their birth. In a country that holds its first democratic election or peaceful transition of power, democracy is more than an idea and practice that has existed for centuries, but a new reality worthy […]

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12.31.17

The Use of Confinement in the Name of Public Health

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Photo: Smithsonian Magazine Throughout recent history, confinement has been justified by countries on purported ‘public health’ grounds to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. However, too often the practice of confinement leads to egregious rights violations through overly-broad use of isolation or other forms of confinement, which sometimes includes excessive and lengthy duration and tends […]

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12.04.17

Syria’s Disappeared and Humanity at Its Worst – and Best

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[I thank Noor Shakfeh, a Syrian-American who has lost family members to the Syrian regime, and Sara Afshar, who directed and produced Syria’s Disappeared, for inspiring this piece, and for deepening my own understanding of solidarity.] Though they have disappeared from the headlines, the depravities of the Syrian regime during the war that has raged […]

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11.20.17

Tuberculosis: Fighting an Ancient Illness with Outdated Tools, Medicines and Approaches

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A colleague recently observed that we are addressing one of the most ancient diseases with approaches nearly as ancient, including over-hospitalization, use of involuntary isolation and in some countries, use of discriminatory and punitive laws which violate human rights and impede the fight against TB. Draconian laws are not the only archaic aspect of the […]

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11.06.17

DIALOGUES ON BEING HUMAN: O’Neill Institute Event; Wednesday November 8th on Georgetown University’s Main Campus

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This post was written by Anita Alvin Nilert, Art Dialogues Curator, please direct any questions or comments to an435@georgetown.edu. DIALOGUES ON BEING HUMAN: The Intersections of Art, Health and Dignity with artist Wangechi Mutu in dialogue Alicia Ely Yamin, Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Director of the Health and Human Rights Initiative. […]

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10.30.17

Addressing Gendered Aspects of Tuberculosis

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  While some gendered aspects of tuberculosis are beginning to be better understood, there is limited information and focus on addressing certain risk factors and vulnerabilities that impact men and women differently. TB now kills more people than any other infectious disease, and evidence suggests that women may be more vulnerable to forms of extra-pulmonary […]

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