E-news, April 2013

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New independent report confirms that detainees in US custody were tortured

Sunday, 21 April 2013 

A report released by an indepented task force in the US confirms that the interrogation and treatment of many detainees in US custody since 9/11 amounted to torture. The task force was convened by the Constitution Project, a non-profit organisation that brings together policy experts and legal practitioners from all political colours to find consensus-based solutions to legal problems in the United States.

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Health workers under threat in Pakistan

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Since December 2012, over 20 health workers involved in a polio vaccination campaign have been killed in Pakistan, presumably by the Taliban. The Pakistani Taliban denied any involvement in the attacks on polio workers. It however confirmed it opposes the vaccination as 'un-Islamic'.

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Medical ethics violations committed by the Israeli Prison Service

Thursday, 18 April 2013 

Physicians for Human Rights - Israel recently published a report exposing numerous medical ethics violations committed by the Israeli Prison Service. The report focuses on the actions of prison medical practitioners that endanger the lives of prisoners and detainees on hunger strike.

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Bahrain: 21 medics acquitted

Wednesday, 3 April 2013 

Twenty-one medics arrested at a hospital during anti-government protests in Bahrain two years ago have had their convictions annulled. They had been found guilty in November 2012 of misdemeanours after treating protesters injured by police.

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Doctors' complicity in torture in the Georgian prison system

Tuesday, 2 April 2013 

The Georgian Centre for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation (GCRT) published a short report on torture and inhuman treatment in the Georgian penitentiary system in March. Besides giving testimonies from various clients, the report also highlights the involvement of medical personnel in these abuses.

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New Master's course on economic, social and cultural rights

Tuesday, 2 April 2013 

In the UK, a new LLM in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will start in October 2013. This one-year full-time Master's course  examines the international and domestic protection of economic, social and cultural rights around the world.

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Global maps on the right to health in constitutions

Tuesday, 2 April 2013 

On the website childrenschances.org, global maps can be found that show which countries have created constitutional protections of health. These maps demonstrate whether governments guarantee the rights to health, public health, and/or medical services in their nations’ constitutions. The maps were created by the World Policy Analysis Center, an organisation that aims to improve the quantity and quality of globally comparative data on policies affecting human health, development, well-being, equity and the economy.

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New book on social responsibility of pharmaceutical companies

Monday, 1 April 2013

The book Access to Medicines as a Human Right: Implications for Pharmaceutical Industry Responsibility focuses on corporate responsibility for the provision of medicines in low- and middle-income countries. Should pharmaceutical companies be ethically or legally responsible for providing affordable medicines for these people? And can the private sector be held accountable for protecting people' right to health?

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