E-news, June 2015
 

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USA: The Affordable Care Act and the right to health
Monday, 29 June 2015

In a blog on the website of Human Rights Watch (HRW), Megan McLemore, Senior Researcher on Health and Human Rights at HRW urges the US government to finally ratify the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Last week, the US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s subsidy provisions, which is commonly referred to by human rights organisations as a victory for health and human rights in the US. In its ruling "King v. Burwell", the Court supported the outlay of premium tax credits to all Americans whose health insurance is subject to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare. 

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World Medical Association appeals to Israeli Prime Minister to reconsider force feeding bill
Monday, 29 June 2015

The World Medical Association has appealed to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reconsider Government legislation that would explicitly allow the force-feeding of detainees on hunger strike. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the WMA states that doctors should not be involved in any way in torture or inhumane and degrading treatment. The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, will consider this legislation for the second time. After the previous time, human rights organisations, health professional organisations, activists and others vehemently protested its coming into force. As a result, the legislation was withdrawn, however, it has now been re-introduced for discussion.

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New WHO report on sexual health, human rights and the law
Thursday, 25 June 2015

The World Health Organization recently published a report on the relationship between sexual health, human rights and the law. Drawing from a review of public health evidence and extensive research into human rights law at international, regional and national levels, the report shows how states in different parts of the world can and do support sexual health through legal and other mechanisms that are consistent with human rights standards and their own human rights obligations.

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Health and Human Rights Journal special issue on bioethics and the right to health
Thursday, 18 June 2015

The latest issue of Health and Human Rights Journal (Volume 17, Issue 1) was published online recently. The issue features a special seciton on 'Bioethics and the Right to Health', as well as articles on Human Rights Impact Assessment, antiretroviral medicine, sex work and human trafficking, reproductive rights, etc. Individual articles can be accessed through our website. 

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New Australian legislation forbids health staff in immigration detention to report substandard care
Thursday, 18 June 2015

From July 2015, under the new Australian Border Force Act 2015, contracted workers including doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals face a prison sentence of up to two years for blowing the whistle on substandard medical care given to asylum seekers in detention centres. Since several years, Australia has been transferring asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australian waters to offshore detention centres on distant Pacific islands such as Nauru. According to a recent article in BMJ, "conditions in the immigration detention centres have been condemned as 'appalling' by healthcare workers, who have reported unhygienic and overcrowded accommodation in tents, substandard medical care, sexual and physical abuse of children, and mental health problems among asylum seekers subject to indefinite detention."

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