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.

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Voices in the Field: new interview series

ifhhroVoices in the Field is a new multimedia interview series that shares the stories of experienced professionals in the field of health and highlights the role of human rights in their careers. Voices in the Field, a project of Global Health Law Groningen (The Netherlands) and IFHHRO, aims to capture the accounts of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including professors, lawyers, doctors, nurses, researchers and policymakers.

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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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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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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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  • Intellectual property rights and access to medicines

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