Tag Archives: United Nations

06.18.18

What happens today matters: a last chance to save the Political Declaration of the United Nations High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis

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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 […]

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06.11.18

Is this what the normalization of genocide looks like?

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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 […]

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04.16.17

Hunger, Health, and Compassion – and Our Responsibility

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This piece was written by Eric Friedman and Lawrence Gostin. It is an extended version of Prof. Gostin’s JAMA Forum posting from April 12, 2017. The contrast must have been enough to send a shiver down the spine of the global humanitarian and human rights communities. Even as headlines warned of 20 million people in […]

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01.25.17

Reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy: History, Implications & Opposition

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This post was written by Brenna Gautam and Rebecca Reingold. On January 23rd, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum reinstating the Mexico City Policy, also referred to as the “Global Gag Rule”: a restriction first introduced by Ronald Reagan that denies federal funding to NGOs that provide abortions, offer abortion counseling, or advocate for abortion […]

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01.25.17

Reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy: History, Implications & Opposition

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This post was written by Brenna Gautam and Rebecca Reingold. On January 23rd, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum reinstating the Mexico City Policy, also referred to as the “Global Gag Rule”: a restriction first introduced by Ronald Reagan that denies federal funding to NGOs that provide abortions, offer abortion counseling, or advocate for abortion […]

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11.03.16

Cholera in Haiti: Has Poor Legal Advice Undermined Efforts to Stop the Crisis?

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With only two months left in office, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced a $400 million plan to eradicate cholera in Haiti, known as the Haiti Cholera Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF). Close to 10,000 people have died and around 800,000 people have been infected in Haiti as a result of a cholera epidemic introduced by U.N. peacekeepers in 2010 in the wake […]

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11.18.15

O'Neill at IV Latin American Legal Conference on Reproductive Rights

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On November 2-4, Oscar Cabrera, Executive Director of the O’Neill Institute, and I participated in the IV Latin American Legal Conference on Reproductive Rights in Lima, Peru. The Conference takes place every two years, bringing together academics, judges and other judicial officers, legislators, activists and civil society representatives. This year, the Conference focused on the […]

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05.28.15

International Day of Action for Women’s Health: Our Health, Our Lives, Our Rights

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Today is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. Since 1987, the campaign has provided advocates with a space to identify gaps in the area of women’s health and coordinate calls to action. The collaborative calls to action have focused on a range of topics, including access to quality health care, access to safe […]

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01.07.15

Death Slipped into Omnibus Spending Bill, a UN Proposal for a Different Future, and the Work Ahead

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Few coroners are likely to put “homelessness” as the cause of death. It is too bad, because we could use that level of honesty. The omnibus appropriations bill that Congress passed last month to fund federal government operations and programs through the rest of the 2015 fiscal year (through September 2015) largely left out the […]

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09.18.14

Eight Gaps in the International Response to the West African Ebola Crisis Following U.S. Troops and UN Needs Assessment

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This post was written by Eric A. Friedman, O’Neill Institute Associate, Lawrence O. Gostin, O’Neill Institute Faculty Director, Sarah Roache, O’Neill Institute Law Fellow and Daniel Hougendobler, O’Neill Institute Law Fellow. For questions or comments about this post please contact Lawrence Gostin at gostin@law.georgetown.edu. Yesterday, on the same day that the United Nations issued an appeal for […]

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