Kenya: Court declared listing of children living with HIV unconstitutional

legalThe High Court in Nairobi has on 7 December 2016 declared unconstitutional a presidential directive seeking to collect names of school-going children living with HIV. The case was filed by KELIN (Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV & AIDS), Children of God Relief Institute, and two individuals.

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India: Court rule in favour of unnecessary and costly drugs

legalJan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA), the Indian circle of the People's Health Movement in Haryana, has expressed concern and shock at a recent Delhi High Court verdict. The court has lifted the ban imposed on 344 fixed dose combinations (FDCs) of drugs by the government a few months ago. According to JSA all banned FDCs are irrational and there is no scientific rationale for allowing their continued use.

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Slovenia: The right to clean drinking water constitutionalized

legalThe Central European country of Slovenia has amended its constitution to make access to drinkable water a fundamental right for all citizens. The Parliament adopted an amendment to the Constitution that declares the country's abundant clean water supplies "a public good managed by the state" and "not a market commodity".

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World leaders advocate ending all penalties for drug consumption and possession for personal use

drugaddictionIn the new yearly report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy, the Commission advocates ending all penalties for drug consumption and possession for personal use. The report, Advancing Drug Policy Reform: a new approach to drug decriminalization, details the destructive and harmful consequences of punitive drug policies and the need to reconsider reviewing current decriminalization models.

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International human rights and the mistreatment of women during childbirth

mum babyEven though there has been recent attention to the role that human rights experts can play in developing and applying human rights standards in the context of maternal mortality and morbidity, the issue of mistreatment during facility-based childbirth remains relatively inexplored. A recent systematic review of the scientific literature documented an extensive range of mistreatment to which women are subjected during childbirth. 

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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.