Tag Archives: health and human rights

12.13.19

An International Human Right to Die with Dignity?

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This post was written by Leticia Mora, Research Assistant at the O’Neill Institute, and Rebecca Reingold.  Paul Lamb, a 63-year-old man who was paralyzed from the neck down following a car crash nearly 30 years ago, recently said: “The worst thing in the world is for someone to say ‘you’re going to be in pain […]

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01.23.19

The situation of access to health services in El Salvador

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This post was written by Patricio López Turconi, Intern at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and Andrés Constantin. Women El Salvador has sought to reduce inequality in access to health services for women through its 2011 Law on Equality, Equity and Elimination of Discrimination against Women (Decree N° 645). Article 26 […]

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12.10.18

International Human Rights Day: “The Right to Health in National Courts”

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On 10 December 2018, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), jointly with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and with the support from the Government of Canada, celebrated the International Human Rights Day. The event focused on several topics concerning the right to health, which included discussions on the enforcement of the […]

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11.16.18

Suicide in Prisons and Jails: A Growing Concern

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Photo Credit: Urdupoint.com Suicide among inmates in prisons and jails in the United States and abroad is a serious concern.  The United States has lower rates of suicide in prison compared to Western European and Nordic countries   However, compared to other nations, the United States has the highest prison population in the world and rates […]

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09.20.18

‘History owes apology to the LGBT community’ – Supreme Court of India reads down colonial-era Section 377

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In a recent landmark unanimous verdict, Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India (Johar case), a five judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, partially struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which made “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” a criminal offence punishable with life imprisonment. The genesis of […]

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09.14.18

A New Twist on Community Health Workers

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Community health workers go door-to-door providing services in communities such as in Busia, Western Kenya. Photo courtesy of Living Goods   Community health workers are essential in delivering healthcare to some of the world’s most sickly and vulnerable populations.  They provide important sources of healthcare for people who are unable to access healthcare facilities due […]

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09.05.18

Argentina: Alarming regressive measure on the right to health

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On September 3, 2018, after acknowledging the ongoing economic and financial crisis, the government of Argentina announced a series of austerity measures aimed at reducing Argentina’s fiscal deficit in 2019. The announcement confirmed the rumors of a substantial restructuring in the cabinet and the elimination of ten Argentine ministries, including the Ministry of Health. Under […]

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08.29.18

The United Nations Population Fund: An Evolving Human Rights Mission and Approach to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights

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This article was written by Emilie Filmer-Wilson, the Human Rights Adviser at UNFPA, and Luis Mora, the Chief of the Gender, Human Rights and Culture Branch at UNFPA.   The United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA’s) approach to public health is grounded in the premise that women’s sexual and reproductive health is determined not only by […]

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07.17.18

Human Rights at Home

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This blog was authored by Nicholas Diamond, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center A rich tapestry of shared norms exist regarding human rights, ranging from the right to life to the prohibition on torture. These norms flow from various international agreements and, in some instances, as a matter of custom in international law. […]

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07.16.18

The incivility of (too-) civil society in the tuberculosis response

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Anyone who knows the world of the global tuberculosis response knows, too, its refrain: “We must do for TB what we did for HIV!” It is less rallying cry than lament.  Those of us who form part of “civil society” at the international level in the TB world attend the big TB conferences, but mostly […]

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