Turkey: Medical doctor on trial

arrestThe third hearing in the trial of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı (the President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey - HRFT) and two journalists on charges of aiding terrorism was held on March 21, 2017 at the 13th Çağlayan Heavy Penal Court in Istanbul. Along with Dr. Fincancı, the journalists Erol Önderoğlu (Reporters without Borders Turkey Representative) and Ahmet Nesin (a journalist/writer) were arrested on June 20, 2016 for defending freedom of the press. They were released ten days later. 

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USA: Civil and human rights coalition condemns proposed health-care bill

protestThe Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 organizations based in the United States, strongly condemns the new health-care bill proposed by President Trump and his Republican Party, which will replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). The president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, Wade Henderson, released a statement this week in which he outlines the likely consequences of the proposed bill for specific groups of American citizens.

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UN human rights experts call for global treaty to regulate dangerous pesticides

mum babyThe United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the right to food and on toxics have called for a comprehensive new global treaty to regulate and phase out the use of dangerous pesticides in farming, and move towards sustainable agricultural practices. Chronic exposure to pesticides has been linked to cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, hormone disruption, developmental disorders and sterility.

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Holy See: Universal access to medicine is a moral obligation

potje pillenLast week, the Holy See - the office of the Catholic Pope - issued an important statement with regards to universal access to medicines when  Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, the Vatican's representative to the United Nations in Geneva, addressed the Human Rights Council. He said that working for a just distribution of the fruits of the earth and of human labour is not mere philanthropy, but a moral obligation.

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Gambia: The right to reproductive health

mum babyTo commemorate International Women's Day, March 8th, we published a short article on the right to reproductive health in The Gambia, written by master's student Madi Jobarteh, who originates from that country but currently resides in The Netherlands.

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  • Health professionals unethical involvement in CIA torture programme

    complicityAccording to a new report released today by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), recently declassified documents confirm that the CIA conducted experimental research to test an unsupported hypothesis that torture could break the resistance of detainees and aid interrogation. It confirms that health workers were involved in illegal and unethical experiments to define the thresholds of pain and suffering of the torture subjects.

     
  • USA: Drug courts fail to provide adequeate treatment to drug users

    drugaddictionIn the report Neither Justice nor Treatment, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) states that drug courts in the United States struggle to meet medical and human rights standards. According to the researchers, drug courts – designed to reduce incarceration and provide necessary treatment – routinely fail to provide adequate, medically-sound treatment for substance use disorders.