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Category Archives: Human Rights

05.31.20

How can we ensure access to health for the stateless during times of COVID-19?

By Ivonne Garza

Image courtesy of Anadolu Agency.  In the midst of a pandemic, the stateless are left unprotected to ensure their right to health, increasing the risks for an already vulnerable population.   In the midst of a pandemic, States have the duty to ensure access to health for all the population. However, what happens when 15 […]

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05.03.20

Beyond COVID-19: A call for $4 billion emergency funding from the United States for UN humanitarian appeals

By Eric A. Friedman

Wealthy governments are mobilizing unprecedented levels of resources for domestic COVID-19 response and economic stimulus packages. To the tragically small extent they are also offering support to lower-income countries, they are either reprogramming assistance – as with the European Union’s 15.6 billion euro package – or allocating trifling amounts compared to the need. The United States, […]

04.17.20

COVID-19 Incites Policy Change Surrounding Access to Reproductive Health Services

By Sarah Wetter

This post was written by Sarah Wetter, Law Fellow at the O’Neill Institute, and Rebecca Reingold. Across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting women’s ability to access abortion services, as governments implement policies to reduce COVID-19 exposure and address medical resource shortages. In the U.S., at least 11 states have issued policies to restrict […]

04.15.20

A call to action to the G20: The world needs a robust, coordinated, equitable, rights-based COVID-19 Response, Now

By Eric A. Friedman

“’I’m…. involved in the Eastern Congo… and am conscious of the looming catastrophe if the Corona virus would bring about respiratory complications….In the referral hospital in Beni, already disorganized by the ending [the] Ebola epidemic, there are 2 oxygen concentrators, and regular power cuts. You can imagine….” – Dr. Réginald Moreels, Humanitarian surgeon and former Minister of […]

03.09.20

COVID-19: A Moment of Moral Reckoning for Our Nation – and Ourselves

By Eric A. Friedman

Like with any crisis, COVID-19 will test who we are as individuals and a society. Will we be driven by our fears and our darker instincts, even prejudices? Or will we act with solidarity and empathy, looking out for one another, and being the best people we can be? This is, in a way, another […]

02.27.20

The difficulties in the implementation of the Right to Health in Argentina

By Sofia Bobbio

In Argentina the right to health is guaranteed in the text of the National Constitution and in the International Human Rights Treaties incorporated into our constitution. However, Argentina has faced some difficulties in the implementation of this right. Some of the biggest challenges the country has faced relate to the access to the health system, […]

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02.21.20

From mining to food and beverage, corporations dictate the rules of the game

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of the Center for Public Integrity The post The mining dam collapse in Brazil has an impact on the right to health, and it is much bigger than you would imagine discussed how the recent environmental disasters in Mariana and Brumadinho, Brazil, affected the population’s health in more or less obvious ways. Later, the post Business, […]

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01.23.20

Pesticides and Human Rights

By Andrés Constantin

Pesticide use has increased substantially around the world in recent decades, as these chemical products have been found in some cases to increase crop yields, and reduce damage from pests or other invasive crops. This increase, however, has been accompanied by growing concerns about the potential impacts of these products on humans and on the […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

01.17.20

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

By Isabel Barbosa

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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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

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