Tag Archives: human rights

01.23.17

Stand Up, Speak Up, Speak Out: The Dignity of Protest

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[This blog was originally posted on January 20 through the IMAXI Cooperative. Since then, the millions of people at Women’s Marches across the United States — and the world — offer much reason for hope that a great many people will stand up and speak up for the rights of all of us when they are under threat. […]

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01.12.17

The Framework Convention on Global Health: A Call for Leadership from the Global Health Trio

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[This blog was co-authored by Eric A. Friedman and Lawrence O. Gostin, and was first posted with as a Health Affairs blog. It is connected to a related Health Affairs publication, Global Health: A Pivotal Moment Of Opportunity And Peril.] In the current issue of Health Affairs, we explore a pivotal moment of opportunity and peril […]

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11.21.16

Solidarity Forever: Protecting the Right to Health During the Incoming U.S. Administration

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Respect for equal human dignity, the rule of law, and health in all sectors – these are three preconditions of realizing the right to health. Respect for equal human dignity is the core principle of the right to health and all human rights. Respect for the rule of law is an underlying requirement for the […]

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11.14.16

8 ways to advance social justice after the U.S. election

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People from all walks of life who believe in human rights and social justice woke up with great fear on November 9. For the U.S. President-elect had, during a bitter campaign, expressed grave disrespect towards large segments of our society, and views and promises deeply at odds with equal human dignity. What are we to […]

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10.31.16

The Disabilities Rights Convention’s 7 Lessons for the FCGH

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The proposal for a global treaty on the right to health, a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), may reach another milestone in the next two days, with its most prominent appearance yet. For the first time, WHO will hold a forum for the six candidates for next May’s election to be its Director-General. Any […]

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10.31.16

The Disabilities Rights Convention’s 7 Lessons for the FCGH

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The proposal for a global treaty on the right to health, a Framework Convention on Global Health (FCGH), may reach another milestone in the next two days, with its most prominent appearance yet. For the first time, WHO will hold a forum for the six candidates for next May’s election to be its Director-General. Any […]

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09.24.16

India’s Surrogacy Debate

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India has emerged as the world’s “surrogacy hub”. Infertile couples and, increasingly, gay couples and single women from different countries are paying Indian women to carry their embryos through to birth. While the surrogacy industry in India is extremely lucrative (worth more than $2.3 billion per year), the government has failed to regulate the practice since it became […]

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09.24.16

India's Surrogacy Debate

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India has emerged as the world’s “surrogacy hub”. Infertile couples and, increasingly, gay couples and single women from different countries are paying Indian women to carry their embryos through to birth. While the surrogacy industry in India is extremely lucrative (worth more than $2.3 billion per year), the government has failed to regulate the practice since it became […]

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09.19.16

More sugar industry interference: this time with ads warning of the health effects of soda

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Last week, we learned that the sugar industry paid Harvard scientists to minimize the link between sugar and heart disease, blaming saturated fat instead. Unfortunately, scientific evidence isn’t the only thing the industry has been influencing: a soda company in Colombia has successfully pushed for the suspension of a television advertisement warning the public about […]

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08.10.16

Global health, civil society, and a growing threat

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In how many ways is civil society integral to achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? In a recent article in Globalization and Health, Julia Smith, Kent Buse, and Case Gordon identify eight ways. I will offer thoughts on several of them, and suggest that given the importance of civil society to the SDGs and […]

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