E-news, July 2015

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Call for submission - Good practices in the elimination of discrimination against women with regard to the right to health and safety

Monday, 20 July 2015

The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice has decided to research the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice with regard to the right to health and safety. In accordance with the established practice of mandate-holders, the UN Working Group welcomes all relevant submissions that NGOs and other stakeholders may wish to present for its consideration.

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New resource: Justice Programs for Public Halth, a Good Practice Guide
Thursday, 16 July 2015

Around the world, human rights violations compromise public health. Sexual violence, unlawful discrimination, land dispossession, police harassment, forced medical interventions, and denial of essential services threaten health and wellbeing. This is especially true for people who are socially marginalized and disempowered. Programmes that improve these communities’ access to justice can play critical roles in deterring such abuses. The new resource 'Justice Programs for Public Health: A Good Practice Guide' unpacks key lessons and challenges that Open Society Foundations (OSF), which recently published the resource, have identified through their work in this regard.

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New topic in the Right to Health Wiki: Neglected Tropical Diseases
Thursday, 9 July 2015

We have recently updated our Right to Health Wiki with a new section on Neglected Tropical Diseases. IFHHRO's Right to Health Wiki presents the most essential information in short and to-the-point pages, with links to more detailed information. The purpose of our Wiki is to stimulate health workers and others to bring a rights-based approach to health into practice. The author of this Wiki article, volunteer Tara Ornstein, describes why neglected tropical diseases are a human rights issue and what governments and civil society should do. She also compiled a list of useful online resources on this topic.

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American Psychological Association apologizes for involvement in the US torture programme
Monday, 13 July 2015

In the beginning of July, the American Psychological Association (APA) released a 542-page report produced by attorney David Hoffman of the Sidley Austin law firm, detailing the relationship between various activities of the APA and Bush Administration policies on interrogation techniques. Mr. Hoffman was asked by the APA Board of Directors last November to conduct a thorough and independent review of whether there was any factual support for the assertion that APA engaged in activity that would constitute collusion with the Bush administration to promote, support or facilitate the use of "enhanced" interrogation techniques by the United States in the war on terror. 

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Five ways to achieve the right to health for all by 2030
Tuesday, 7 July 2015

This year marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In the near future the health-related MDGs will be replaced by one overarching health goal in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, challenges remain, notably in keeping health high on the global agenda. At a high-level panel in the beginning of June in Brussels, participants discussed ways to realise the right to health in the post-2015 development agenda and debated on how to strengthen health systems, focusing on sustainability and universal health coverage. The five key points discussed have been summarized in an online article by Dearbhla Crosse, communications officer at Action for Global Health.

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Proposed legalization of force-feeding in Israel
Tuesday, 7 July 2015

IFHHRO has issued an open letter to the World Medical Association asking it to try to prevent the legalization of force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners in Israel. The Bill was first introduced in the Israelian parliament, the Knesset, in 2014. Now it is being put on the agenda again. It is our position that there can be no justification whatsoever for the force-feeding of individuals contrary to their informed and voluntary consent. Moreover, compelling medical personnel to commit violations of international treaties and declarations, existing legislation and established medical ethics cannot help resolve a complex political issue.

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Call for articles Health and Human Rights Journal
Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Health and Human Rights Journal has issued a call for papers for a special section on universal health coverage and human rights. The World Health Assembly defined universal health coverage "as access to key promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health interventions for all at an affordable cost, thereby achieving equity in access." This special section will be published in December 2016 and will be guest edited by Audrey Chapman, Healey Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

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