Colombo Statement on Migrant Health

conferenceHealth leaders of 40 countries adopted the "Colombo Statement" in order to address health challenges posed by increasingly mobile populations. The statement was adopted on February 23th, the closing day of the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, which was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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The right to access adequate contraception, including abortion

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In light of the recently reinstated Mexico City Policy, which prohibits non-governmental organizations that receive U.S. funds from providing or promoting abortions overseas, IFHHRO would like to recall that the recent General Comment 22 of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2016) calls upon States "to liberalize restrictive abortion laws; to guarantee women and girls access to safe abortion services and quality post-abortion care; and to respect the right of women to make autonomous decisions about their sexual and reproductive health." 

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Egypt: Rehabilitation centre for torture survivors shut down

arrestOn February 9th, the El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence was raided by police and shut down. According to Amnesty International, the centre had suffered from harassment by the authorities for a full year before it was closed by the police.

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Iran: Inhumane treatment of prisoners

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IFHHRO is deeply concerned about our colleague Dr Ahmadreza Djalali (45), a resident of Sweden who has been detained in Iran since 25 April 2016. He has been on hunger strike since 26 December 2016 in protest against his detention. This week, Amnesty International initiated an urgent action on his behalf.

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USA: Draft directives undermine prohibition against torture and will harm refugees

complicityFollowing the release of draft executive orders under consideration by President Donald Trump, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has warned that any attempts to undermine the absolute prohibition against torture, the ban on secret and unlawful detention, and U.S. obligations to protect refugees would be illegal, immoral, and harmful.

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    educationOver 4,000 community health workers in the Indian State of Bihar will be trained in human rights by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). This course was an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Amnesty International India. The three-month 'Self-Learning Human Rights Certificate Course' aims to promote human rights values and principles of equality, dignity, inclusion, non-discrimination and participation in the public through community health workers.

     
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    careOn the occasion of World TB Day 2017 (24 March), the World Health Organization launched new tuberculosis (TB) ethics guidelines to help ensure that countries implementing the End TB Strategy adhere to sound ethical standards to protect the rights of all those affected.