E-news, September 2013

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New human rights education guidelines for health workers and human rights activists

Thursday, 26 September 2013

At a meeting in Warsaw on 25 September 2013, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) presented two new sets of guidelines on human rights education for health workers and for human rights activists. The guidelines were produced to promote effective human rights education and to support OSCE participating States in implementing their human dimension commitments in this area.

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Rights-based approaches to health: three papers

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Recently, three papers have been published that present a human rights analysis of specific health-related issues. The first one focuses on health care in conflict, the second on intellectual property rights and access to medicines, and the third on maternal health.

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USA: Doctors concerned about continued use of indefinite detention

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

IFHHRO member Physicians for Human Rights (USA) recently submitted a shadow report to the Human Rights Committee (HRC) for its review of the United States’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The report finds that the United States has failed to uphold its obligations under the ICCPR by its continued use of indefinite detention. Indefinite detention is a form of individual detention used in the national security and immigration settings whereby detainees are not told when or if they will be released. The report focuses on the physical and psychological effects of indefinite detention, such as at Guantanamo Bay, and argues that those effects will not be resolved upon release.

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Global Health and Human Rights Database

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The Global Health and Human Rights Database is a free online database of law from around the world relating to health and human rights. This database offers an interactive, searchable, and fully indexed website of case law, national constitutions and international instruments. The Lawyers Collective and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law collaborated to bring together judgments, instruments, and constitutions involving health and human rights in a single database. 

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Zimbabwean doctors issue call to their new government to prioritize health

Monday, 23 September 2013

Last month, IFHHRO member ZADHR (Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights) wrote an open letter to the new government of Zimbabwe to prioritize the right to health care and to clean water. In the call, ZADHR reminds the newly sworn in government and Parliament of Zimbabwe that, "while it is plausible and commendable to note that the right to healthcare is now part of our constitution, it is important for government officials to bear in mind that human rights are indivisible, interdependent and mutually reinforcing. As such, the entire bill of rights in the new constitution must be read to the effect that all the other rights in the new constitution exist to reinforce the right to healthcare." 

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The Netherlands: Not enough done to prevent ill-treatment of people deprived of their liberty in health settings

Monday, 23 September 2013

In the framework of the Open Society Foundations campaign Stop Torture in Health Care, the University of Groningen conducted a study on the implementation of the torture convention with regards to health care in the Netherland. The results will be shared at an afternoon meeting (in Dutch) at the University of Groningen on Thursday 31 October 2013. Under the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT) States parties are required to designate so-called National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) to monitor and conduct regular visits to places of detention, including in health settings. Persons deprived of their liberty in health-care settings may include the elderly, people with an intellectual disability and people with a psychiatric disorder. The researchers conclude that the designated NPMs in the Netherlands should exercise their tasks better.

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