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Category Archives: Health and Human Rights

08.12.19

Global Health and Digital Rights: a Discussion on Human Rights

By Laura Norato

The discussion about digital rights has been mainly centered on civil and political rights. Nevertheless, the emergence of social networks, communication platforms and connected devices, the appearance of new technologies and digital services directed to the most vulnerable populations information, and the existence of daily-updated algorithms that can predict choices based on data collected over […]

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06.24.19

The judicialization of health goes beyond healthcare

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of Mancia.org For a long time, the debate about the judicialization of health has focused on access to healthcare — such as access to medication and/or surgeries. Year after year, as lawsuits piled up, courts have debated whether the right to health means that individuals are entitled to certain treatments. Scholars have also […]

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05.20.19

Today’s Worst International Crimes and How You Can Respond: Part I

By Eric A. Friedman

The gravest of crimes – crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide itself. Ongoing, perpetrators not held accountable, victims still in desperate need, U.S. complicity, indifference. All continue a long and tragic situation of too little action for crimes that are often too large to truly fathom. All demand that we speak up. And from the […]

Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

05.07.19

Health and safety at workplaces: an opportunity for a joint effort

By Laura Norato

Last April 29 was the first official world day for safety and health at work. The International Labor Organization inspired by its centenary anniversary, attempted, with the establishment of this date, to reaffirm the importance of a healthier workforce as a prerequisite for a brighter future of work and a more sustainable development. It was […]

04.24.19

The possibility of 1 day in jail guarantees legal representation. The possibility of death does not.

By Eric A. Friedman

Under the U.S. Constitution’s 6th and 14th Amendments, and as interpreted over the years by the Supreme Court, a person has the right to an attorney if it is possible that they could be sentenced to even a single day in prison. So you would think if a court case could lead, in effect, to […]

04.22.19

Making gender equity in the health workforce a priority

By Laura Norato

While gender issues have been at the top of the global agenda, there are few comprehensive studies on gender in the health and social workforce at the global level. The WHO had recently released a study in 104 countries that found that seven out of ten health and social workers are women, and unpaid care […]

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04.07.19

Submission of an amicus brief to the Inter-American Court in the case of Indigenous Communities belonging to the Lhaka Honhat Association v. Argentina

By Andrés Constantin

The O’Neill Institute jointly with various organizations submitted an amicus curiae to the Inter-American Court in the case of Indigenous Communities belonging to the Lhaka Honhat Association v. Argentina.The document addresses international standards and comparative jurisprudence on demarcation of indigenous territories and Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights. On March 29, 2019 the Foundation for […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

03.25.19

Contribute to drafting the Framework Convention on Global Health

By Eric A. Friedman

Those of us who have been working on the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) have long debated when it would be time to begin drafting the treaty. The FCGH Alliance has now begun the drafting process, with the aim of catalyzing widespread engagement – and we hope, most importantly, reaching people who rarely have […]

03.20.19

Women’s day, a reminder for old age protection in 2019

By Laura Norato

To commemorate International Women’s day, the WHO posted a comment last week on its website called “Ten top issues for women’s health.” Dr. Flavia Bustreo, the WHO Assistant Director General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, listed “getting older” as one of those ten main issues that still face great challenges in term of health […]

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03.01.19

UNAIDS gives and gets advice on “Zero Discrimination Day”

By John Stephens

Today, the United Nations marks “Zero Discrimination Day,” an annual day of celebration that they made up in 2014. The day is meant to promote equality in all aspects of life, but in practice it seems to be a UNAIDS affair focused on discrimination against people living with HIV. Every member of the United Nations […]

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