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10.30.17

Addressing Gendered Aspects of Tuberculosis

By Drew Aiken

  While some gendered aspects of tuberculosis are beginning to be better understood, there is limited information and focus on addressing certain risk factors and vulnerabilities that impact men and women differently. TB now kills more people than any other infectious disease, and evidence suggests that women may be more vulnerable to forms of extra-pulmonary […]

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10.23.17

Statement on arrest of ISLA director, activists in Tanzania

By O’Neill Institute

On October 20, 2017, a team of human rights lawyers and activists were jailed in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania – a clear violation of Tanzanian and international human rights obligations. The initial arrests came on Oct. 17 after a consultation they were holding was raided by the Tanzanian police. Thirteen people were arrested. After authorities initially released […]

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10.20.17

Unconstitutional and Unacceptable: H.R. 36’s 20-Week Abortion Ban

By Rebecca Reingold

This post was written by Brenna Gautam and Rebecca Reingold. Earlier this month, on October 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 36, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” Under H.R. 36, it is a crime for any person to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the fetus is 20 weeks […]

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09.29.17

Investment in Tuberculosis R&D Is an Urgent Human Rights Issue

By Drew Aiken

  Photo: Treatment Action Campaign  Tuberculosis (TB) is a preventable and treatable disease which kills more people globally than any other infectious disease, approximately 5,000 every day. Despite grim statistics and the plethora of human rights violations that occur in the context of TB, there is inadequate funding, and limited public awareness that TB remains […]

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09.12.17

Taking health in all policies seriously: health impact assessments, WHO leadership, and international law

By Eric A. Friedman

[This blog was co-authored by Eric A. Friedman and Gian Luca Burci, and first appeared as a Lancet Global Health blog.] Government approval of a new mining operation. A policy to deport undocumented immigrants. An international agreement that enhances pharmaceutical patent protections. All will affect health and health equity, but will policymakers factor these effects […]

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08.15.17

Art, Health, and Human Rights: John Rae’s The Positive Community Wins Social Documentary Network’s Photo Contest

By Sean Bland

It is widely recognized that art can accomplish broader community goals. Here at the O’Neill Institute, the Health and Human Rights Initiative has been exploring art as a tool for making health and human rights issues more visible and comprehensible. Program Director Alicia Ely Yamin launched Dialogues on Being Human: The Intersections of Art, Health […]

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08.04.17

Reproductive Rights in Flux: Updates from Latin America and the Caribbean

By Rebecca Reingold

This post was written by Rebecca Reingold and Priscila Valencia. Despite the tremendous strides made towards the realization of reproductive rights in Latin America and the Caribbean in recent decades, the region remains home to the majority of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. However, reproductive rights advocates are leading efforts to change that in […]

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03.27.17

Why You Should Attend This Year’s Health Rights Litigation Intensive

By O’Neill Institute

“Participating in the Health Rights Litigation course in September of 2013 granted me the opportunity to interact with some of the best minds on health and human rights in the world. I was among forty-four participants who were representative of twenty-four countries from around the world. I attended the course at a time when KELIN […]

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03.04.17

ASSESSING LAWS AND POLICIES TO PROTECT SEX WORKERS AND PROMOTE HEALTH

By Sean Bland

Sex workers across the world are a vulnerable population. Because of poverty, abuse and discrimination, sex work is often critical to survival for many cisgender and transgender women and LGBT young people, especially those who are homeless. In the United States, transgender women engage in sex work at ten times the rate of cisgender women. […]

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02.21.17

Don’t Forget the Forgotten Children

By Eric A. Friedman

In our turbulent and oft troubled world, with new threats to people’s rights and health coming at us quickly, whether a new epidemic or a policy against immigrants or refugees that comes with great health costs, it is too easy to forget some of the long persisting health and human rights crises, particularly those that […]

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