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Category Archives: 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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08.04.19

The Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela and the Burden on Girls and Women

By Isabel Barbosa

This post was written by Santiago Martínez-Neira, consultant to the International Commission of Jurists, and Isabel Barbosa. Image courtesy of Human Rights Watch It is well known that Venezuela is going through a humanitarian crisis. Beyond the political and economic implications of this sad outcome, the crisis reminds us that, in such scenarios, girls and […]

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Thematic Areas: Healthcare

07.01.19

Health equity and the upcoming UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

By Eric A. Friedman

In September, the United Nations will convene a High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), with heads of state encouraged to attend. As typical for such meetings, a key outcome with be a political declaration, in this case on countries’ commitments around UHC. In May, a “zero draft” was made publicly available; as states negotiate […]

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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06.04.19

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

By Eric A. Friedman

Several weeks, ago I wrote about the mass detention and likely crimes against humanity that the Chinese government is committing in Xinjiang against the Uighurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities. As I suggested, you could push the U.S. government to end its silence by encouraging your members of Congress to co-sponsor the Uyghur Human Rights […]

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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

05.17.19

Epidemiology Makes It to Court: from Tobacco to Herbicides

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University  Can companies be held responsible for cancer caused by their herbicides? Courts have been saying yes, and the latest verdict came from a jury in state court in Oakland, California. Last week, they ordered Bayer to pay more than $2 billion in damages […]

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05.09.19

Business, Human Rights and the Environment

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer The impact of human (and industrial) activity on the environment has been at the core of debates among environmentalists for a long time, but it has also started gaining projection within the human rights space. Last month, for example, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet gave a […]

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Thematic Areas: Health & Human Rights

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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