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Tag Archives: human rights

04.30.18

Who will lead the TB response?

By John Stephens

“We will have to put poor people from affected communities at the centre of our response. We will have to organise and mobilise. And then be willing to hold our governments to account.” ~ Anele Yawa, General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign   A turning point for tuberculosis? This could be a big year […]

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04.11.18

Rethinking Obstetric Violence: Is Criminalization Really the Only Way Forward?

By Rebecca Reingold

This post was written by Isabel Barbosa and Rebecca Reingold in honor of the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights. Obstetric violence is disrespectful, abusive, and neglectful treatment by health providers during the provision of health care related to pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-partum period in both public and private settings. Experiences of obstetric violence include: physical abuse; humiliation […]

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03.21.18

Add your voice: global consultation on a comprehensive approach to health equity begins in April

By Eric A. Friedman

Your opportunity to influence what could be an important new tool to address health equity is fast approaching. Beginning on April 9, we will be launching a global consultation on a draft guide to a promising approach to addressing vast health inequities within countries, National Health Equity Strategies. We invite you to join us. The […]

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03.05.18

Overcoming Barriers to Legal Abortion in Argentina

By Rebecca Reingold

This post was written by Camila Leone and Rebecca Reingold. On February 22, the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, announced that the country’s legislature will debate a bill that would decriminalize abortion on broader grounds. Currently, abortion is only legal when the pregnancy poses a risk to women’s life or health and in case of […]

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01.30.18

Discrimination Against People Affected by Leprosy and the Groundbreaking Case of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy vs. Union of India & Others

By Drew Aiken

  Many thanks to Yashaswini Mittal for her significant contributions to this article, and especially for her and her team’s work at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy fighting stigma and discrimination against people affected by leprosy in India, through their groundbreaking public interest litigation. image: NDTV.com Last Sunday was World Leprosy Day, an annual opportunity […]

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01.10.18

The Framework Convention on Global Health Alliance: Hope Springs Anew for the FCGH and Right to Health

By Eric A. Friedman

It is always spring for human rights. Old ideas embedded in fundamental values do not lose the boundless hope and energy of their birth. In a country that holds its first democratic election or peaceful transition of power, democracy is more than an idea and practice that has existed for centuries, but a new reality worthy […]

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12.31.17

The Use of Confinement in the Name of Public Health

By Drew Aiken

Photo: Smithsonian Magazine Throughout recent history, confinement has been justified by countries on purported ‘public health’ grounds to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. However, too often the practice of confinement leads to egregious rights violations through overly-broad use of isolation or other forms of confinement, which sometimes includes excessive and lengthy duration and tends […]

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12.15.17

Stop. Think Twice. How Are Your Charitable Donations Really Being Spent?

By Mehgan Gallagher

  It’s that time of year when people are feeling more generous than ever.  Many Americans are donating to charitable organizations such as the Red Cross or the Salvation Army.   Due to the surge of devastating natural disasters that struck the country this past year, many people have made additional contributions to help the victims rebuild […]

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12.04.17

Syria’s Disappeared and Humanity at Its Worst – and Best

By Eric A. Friedman

[I thank Noor Shakfeh, a Syrian-American who has lost family members to the Syrian regime, and Sara Afshar, who directed and produced Syria’s Disappeared, for inspiring this piece, and for deepening my own understanding of solidarity.] Though they have disappeared from the headlines, the depravities of the Syrian regime during the war that has raged […]

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11.06.17

DIALOGUES ON BEING HUMAN: O’Neill Institute Event; Wednesday November 8th on Georgetown University’s Main Campus

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Anita Alvin Nilert, Art Dialogues Curator, please direct any questions or comments to an435@georgetown.edu. DIALOGUES ON BEING HUMAN: The Intersections of Art, Health and Dignity with artist Wangechi Mutu in dialogue Alicia Ely Yamin, Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Director of the Health and Human Rights Initiative. […]

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