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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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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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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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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  • 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.