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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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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Health and human rights violations in Amnesty International's Annual Report

educationA quick scan of Amnesty International’s latest annual report reveals a number of health-related human rights violations that have taken place all over the world.

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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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Advancing the right to health: the vital role of law

legalIn a recent report published by the World Health Organization, the autors highlight the vital role of law reform in advancing the right to health. What are the most effective tools for doing this? This report illustrates how countries have enacted and implemented a wide range of laws and regulations with a demonstrable impact on the health and safety of their populations.

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  • India: Human rights course for community health workers in Bihar

    educationOver 4,000 community health workers in the Indian State of Bihar will be trained in human rights by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). This course was an initiative of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Amnesty International India. The three-month 'Self-Learning Human Rights Certificate Course' aims to promote human rights values and principles of equality, dignity, inclusion, non-discrimination and participation in the public through community health workers.

     
  • 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.