Category Archives: Legal Issues

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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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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11.20.19

The Status of WHO Regulations under International law – ‘Agreements’ vs. ‘Regulations’

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It was during my LLM studies last year – I took this one-week course that made me think thoroughly about the types and nature of legal instruments produced by the World Health Organization (WHO). This course, Public Health Emergencies: Enabling Preparedness & Response through Law and Policy, analyzed case studies from various global events including […]

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09.27.19

Migrants’ Access to Healthcare: Data Wanted

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Countries’ obligations to respond to the health needs of migrants (including regular and irregular migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers) was a topic of conversation at the O’Neill Institute this week. In 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which proclaims Member States’ “commit[ment] to protecting the safety, dignity and […]

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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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08.13.19

Proposing an international fund for migrant and refugee health

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Few groups of people face less welcome in the world today than migrants forced from their homes, whether by conflict, persecution, violence, poverty, climate change or other environmental degradation, or hopelessness – or often, a mix of these factors. They seek basic safety, freedom, and opportunity – what all of us have a right to, yet […]

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08.12.19

Global Health and Digital Rights: a Discussion on Human Rights

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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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05.07.19

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

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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 […]

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03.25.19

Contribute to drafting the Framework Convention on Global Health

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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 […]

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03.01.19

UNAIDS gives and gets advice on “Zero Discrimination Day”

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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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