The war on drugs and human rights

drugaddictionThe war on drugs has had devastating effects on human rights and public health worldwide, experts argue in the BMJ. In three articles published online, key players in this debate discuss the harms of prohibition and criminalisation and outline their reasons for drug policy reform. 

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Greece: Insufficient access to services for asylum seekers with disabilities

careAccording to Human Rights Watch, asylum seekers with disabilities are not properly identified and do not enjoy equal access to services in reception centres in Greece. The Greek government is operating several reception centres and refugee camps on the Aegean islands and the mainland. Asylum seekers and other migrants with disabilities have particular difficulties getting basic services in these facilities, such as shelter, sanitation, and medical care.

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Syria: 2016 was the most dangerous year for health workers

arrestThe Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) has released a new report on the health situation in Syria. Titled The Failure of UN Security Council Resolution 2286 in Preventing Attacks on Healthcare in Syria, this report documents 172 attacks on medical facilities and personnel from June through December 2016, using first-hand testimony and photo documentation from physicians and health workers in Syria. 

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Call for abstracts on climate change, human rights and public health

conferenceThe Human Rights Forum of the American Public Health Association (APHA) seeks abstracts for the APHA’s Annual Meeting occurring November 4th – 8th in Atlanta, Georgia. The purpose of the Forum is to advance the idea that human rights are an essential part of public health. The theme for this year’s Annual Meeting is climate change.

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Netherlands: Doctors support lawsuit against tobacco companies

legalDutch doctors will help pay for a criminal case being brought against four tobacco companies that are active in the Netherlands. The association behind the production of the Dutch Journal of Medicine (NTvG) is providing financial support to the lawsuit. 

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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.

     
  • Ethical issues in tuberculosis control

    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.