Fundraising for new children's hospital in Aleppo, Syria

mum babyEach year on 10 December, Human Rights Day is observed by the international community. On this day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to IFHHRO one of the most pressing health and human rights issues in the past years is the continuous attacks on health services in conflict zones. Organizations like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition have frequently raised awareness on the detrimental effects of bombing and looting of hospitals on the health of the people they serve. 

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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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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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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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  • UK: Discriminatory National Health System policies

    protestLast week, thousands of NHS (National Health System) workers and activists marched in the cities of London, Newcastle and Manchester to protest against a health policy that has left migrants too scared to access care.  The government’s so-called ‘hostile environment’ policy has been described as discriminatory and inhumane.

     
  • Ghana: Ban shackling and invest in mental health services

    complicityThe government of Ghana should ensure adequate funding for mental health services in the country, a coalition of Ghanaian and international nongovernmental groups said. This is as a crucial step to eliminating the widespread practice of shackling and other abuses against people with psychosocial disabilities. The coalition includes several mental health and human rights organizations in Ghana, Human Rights Watch, CBM, Disability Rights Advocacy Fund, Anti-Torture Initiative, and the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez.