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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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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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 papers: Right to health of Romani populations

sterilisation2The Health and Human Rights Journal is calling for papers for a special section titled 'Romani Global Diaspora: Implementation of the Right to Health' to be published in December 2017. Papers must be submitted by 28 February. This special section aims to examine the implementation of the right to health in the case of Romani ('gypsy') populations across the globe. It will draw attention to ongoing discrimination against the Roma and Roma-related groups in relation to the realization of the right to health.

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  • Human rights law and access to abortion

    legalThe recently published Human Rights Watch Q&A on Human Rights Law and Access to Abortion discusses abortion as a human rights issue and the health consequences of unsafe abortions. It also shows that restrictive abortion policies do not reduce the rate of unsafe abortions, and highlights the positions of UN experts and agencies on the criminalization of abortion.

  • Intellectual property rights and access to medicines

    arrestLast week, on 17 July, the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines took place at the UN headquarters in New York. Sub-titled "Advancing Health-Related SDGs through Policy Coherence", the panel came together during the UN High Political Forum on Sustainable Development. William New of the news service Intellectual Property Watch wrote a short report of this event.