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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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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The right to access adequate contraception, including abortion

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In light of the recently reinstated Mexico City Policy, which prohibits non-governmental organizations that receive U.S. funds from providing or promoting abortions overseas, IFHHRO would like to recall that the recent General Comment 22 of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2016) calls upon States "to liberalize restrictive abortion laws; to guarantee women and girls access to safe abortion services and quality post-abortion care; and to respect the right of women to make autonomous decisions about their sexual and reproductive health." 

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Colombo Statement on Migrant Health

conferenceHealth leaders of 40 countries adopted the "Colombo Statement" in order to address health challenges posed by increasingly mobile populations. The statement was adopted on February 23th, the closing day of the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, which was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Iran: Inhumane treatment of prisoners

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IFHHRO is deeply concerned about our colleague Dr Ahmadreza Djalali (45), a resident of Sweden who has been detained in Iran since 25 April 2016. He has been on hunger strike since 26 December 2016 in protest against his detention. This week, Amnesty International initiated an urgent action on his behalf.

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Latest News

  • 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.