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Author Archives: Eric A. Friedman

06.21.17

Prescribing housing for the homeless in Hawaii

By Eric A. Friedman

With severe threats to the health and well-being of the most vulnerable Americans populating the headlines – from repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act with a system that would send the number of uninsured skyrocketing, with poorer and older Americans suffering most, to the administration’s proposed FY2018 budget, with its drastic cuts in a […]

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05.15.17

Solidarity in Our Diversity

By Eric A. Friedman

If you were in New York City and its environs in the weeks and months after September 11, 2001, as I was – or, I expect, just about anywhere in the United States – you will recall the American flags in the storefront windows, outside homes, everywhere really. Those banners of solidarity reminded us, as […]

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04.16.17

Hunger, Health, and Compassion – and Our Responsibility

By Eric A. Friedman

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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02.21.17

Don’t Forget the Forgotten Children

By Eric A. Friedman

In our turbulent and oft troubled world, with new threats to people’s rights and health coming at us quickly, whether a new epidemic or a policy against immigrants or refugees that comes with great health costs, it is too easy to forget some of the long persisting health and human rights crises, particularly those that […]

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01.23.17

Stand Up, Speak Up, Speak Out: The Dignity of Protest

By Eric A. Friedman

[This blog was originally posted on January 20 through the IMAXI Cooperative. Since then, the millions of people at Women’s Marches across the United States — and the world — offer much reason for hope that a great many people will stand up and speak up for the rights of all of us when they are under threat. […]

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01.12.17

The Framework Convention on Global Health: A Call for Leadership from the Global Health Trio

By Eric A. Friedman

[This blog was co-authored by Eric A. Friedman and Lawrence O. Gostin, and was first posted with as a Health Affairs blog. It is connected to a related Health Affairs publication, Global Health: A Pivotal Moment Of Opportunity And Peril.] In the current issue of Health Affairs, we explore a pivotal moment of opportunity and peril […]

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11.28.16

Boarding the Framework Convention on Global Health Express

By Eric A. Friedman

This blog was originally posted at the IMAXI Cooperative website. It responds (quite favorably) to a blog by Case Gordon of the IMAXI Cooperative on the Platform for an FCGH transitioning to a formal, Geneva-based NGO. Sometimes the right to health provides a clear answer. Discriminatory laws must be abolished to ensure the right for […]

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11.21.16

Solidarity Forever: Protecting the Right to Health During the Incoming U.S. Administration

By Eric A. Friedman

Respect for equal human dignity, the rule of law, and health in all sectors – these are three preconditions of realizing the right to health. Respect for equal human dignity is the core principle of the right to health and all human rights. Respect for the rule of law is an underlying requirement for the […]

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11.14.16

8 ways to advance social justice after the U.S. election

By Eric A. Friedman

People from all walks of life who believe in human rights and social justice woke up with great fear on November 9. For the U.S. President-elect had, during a bitter campaign, expressed grave disrespect towards large segments of our society, and views and promises deeply at odds with equal human dignity. What are we to […]

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10.31.16

The Disabilities Rights Convention’s 7 Lessons for the FCGH

By Eric A. Friedman

The proposal for a global treaty on the right to health, a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), may reach another milestone in the next two days, with its most prominent appearance yet. For the first time, WHO will hold a forum for the six candidates for next May’s election to be its Director-General. Any […]

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