E-news, September 2015

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LGBTI people's health and human rights
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

In February 2015, a Regional Dialogue on LGBTI Rights and Health in Asia-Pacific was held in Bangkok, Thailand. It brought together more than 200 representatives of governments, development partners, national human rights institutions, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and other civil society members. The report, which is available for download from our website, documents the presentations and discussions made during this conference. Priority health and human rights issues of LGBTI people include adolescent health, mental health, HIV, sexual and reproductive health, violence protection and response, and transgender people’s access to sex reassignment surgery and hormone therapy.

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Resource: Human Rights Readers for health and human rights activists
Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Over the last twenty years, Dr. Claudio Schuftan has written hundreds of articles on human rights from a health perspective. A number of these Human Rights Readers can now be found on the website imaxi.org which was set up by the IMAXI Cooperative. The HumanRightsReaders @ForActivists is a tool designed in collaboration with Dr. Schuftan to stimulate both thinking and actions on the ground. 

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New topic in the Right to Health Wiki: Female Genital Mutilation
Sunday, 27 September 2015

We have recently updated our Right to Health Wiki with a new section on Female Genital Mutilation. IFHHRO's Right to Health Wiki presents the most essential information in short and to-the-point pages. The purpose of our Wiki is to stimulate health workers and others to apply a human rights lense to health-relatd issues. The author of this Wiki article, volunteer Amreen Qureshi, describes why FGM is a health and human rights issue and what health workers can do to stop the practice. She also compiled a list of useful online resources on this topic.

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Annual report Special Rapporteur to the UN General Assembly
Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Mr. Dainius Puras, has prepared a report for the UN General Assembly on the right to health for children. The report will be presented in October 2015 during the 70th session of the Assembly. In this report, the Special Rapporteur focuses on the right to health in early childhood, with particular attention to the right to survival and development. The report examines progress in relation to child survival and the right to health; including on reducing under-5 mortality and morbidity; progress in early childhood development and the right to health; and the issue of early childhood development in the context of the right to health framework. 

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Sustainable Development Goals and the right to health
Wednesday, 23 September 2015

From 25 to 27 September 2015, the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda took place in New York. During this high-level plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly, the Millennium Development Goals were officially replaced with 17 new, broadly discussed, global goals. Leading up to the summit, the Health and Human Rights Journal published a daily blog, written by experts from various fields and writing from various perspectives, on the links between the SDGs and health and human rights. These interesting articles can be accessed through our website. 

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