Category Archives: Human Rights

01.17.20

No room for reproductive choices: forced contraception within the FARC in Colombia

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Image courtesy of Sputnik Mundo, featuring Olga. A few years ago, Colombia made the headlines after the government signed a peace accord with the FARC (in Spanish, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia), ending the country’s most famous conflict, which lasted decades. President Juan Manuel Santos even won a Nobel Peace Prize for this. But it […]

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12.19.19

Byanyima’s Strategy: Focus on Injustice & Innovation in the Fight Against HIV

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Last week, UNAIDS new Executive Director, Dr. Winnie Byanyima, announced the creation of a strategic advisory group to be co-chaired by Georgetown’s own Matt Kavanagh (along with Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Associate Scientific Director at CAPRISA, and Rico Gustav, Executive Director GNP+). Since you’re reading a policy research institute’s blog, you probably don’t need convincing that […]

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12.16.19

Righting wrongs: America’s duty to mistreated asylum seekers and immigrants

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Democratic presidential contenders have shown admirable support for immigrants, who have been routinely and cruelly targeted by the present administration. Perhaps nothing demonstrated this support more than a moment back in June, when during the second night of the first round of Democratic debates, all ten candidates on the stage raised their hands when the […]

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12.09.19

HEALTH INFORMATION APP-SHARING: A BALANCE BETWEEN INNOVATION AND PRIVACY

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The Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) has recently proposed rules on medical information sharing, intended to make it easier for patients receiving medical records and understand their treatment choices through their smartphone’s apps. The rules require health providers to send medical information to third-party apps after a patient has authorized the data exchange. […]

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12.07.19

All Eyes on Coca-Cola

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As December begins, so do the preparations for the holidays. In many places of the world, the streets are already lit up. It will not be long until Coca-Cola’s trucks start circulating – a practice that is years old. The so-called Christmas Caravan started out as a commercial in 1995, coming to life with a […]

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11.25.19

Stigma and Discrimination: Still Destroying Lives

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We know how pervasive the most flagrant discrimination used to be when it came to people with mental disabilities and people with HIV. People with mental disabilities were once warehoused in institutions, apart from society, perhaps treated forever as children, without rights of their own. They were dubbed “retarded,” “insane,” even “mad,” rather than people […]

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10.04.19

Gun Violence and E-Cigarettes: It Might Be Worth Focusing on Similarities Instead

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Image by Slyngstad Earlier this month, amid the alarming outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette use in the United States, the Trump Administration announced its intention to ban flavored e-cigarettes. This prompted a response from gun-control advocates, who pointed out that gun deaths vastly outnumber the fatalities attributed to vaping.  Shannon Watts, founder of […]

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10.01.19

Universal health coverage: The numbers behind the headlines

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At the end of this posting, which is mostly about universal health coverage, please see the update on actions that, if you are in the United States, you can take to create some measure of accountability for those responsible for the genocide of the Rohingya people in Burma and to end U.S. involvement in the […]

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09.04.19

The Framework Convention on Global Health: An Empowering International Instrument to Advance the Right to Health

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We often look to how the Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH) would empower people, enhancing meaningful participation and government accountability to the right to health, with an emphasis on people who now have the least voice and to whom governments are least accountable. Such empowerment is central to the FCGH. Here, I focus on […]

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08.21.19

Human Duties, Populism and Hope for Global Health

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This post was written by Ana Isabel Fernández Alonso and Andrés Constantin « All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights (…) » Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the “ABC” of activists and scholars in the field and a statement used in countless speeches to address unity among […]

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