Human Rights


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Obstetric Care Navigation: A New Model for LMICs

“Son muy enojados.” They’re very angry. It’s a phrase I’ve heard time and time again interviewing indigenous Guatemalan women about their experiences of maternal health care Read More

The burden of the gift of aid

The splendor of Lake Atitlán is unreal. No water should be so blue, no sky so clear, no hills so lush. The lake is a Read More

What do we palliate? Caring for the sick and the poor

José1 is a man in his sixties from rural Guatemala with cancer spread to his bones. He describes deep aches of his shoulders and hips, Read More


HRW Researcher Discusses Potential Impact Of Mexico City Policy On PEPFAR’s Efforts

Women’s eNews: Cruel Choices: How Trump’s Global Gag Rule Hurts the Fight Against HIV Skye Wheeler, women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the potential impact of the expanded Mexico City policy on PEPFAR’s efforts, writing, “It is too early to know the full scope and impact of the Global Gag Rule on PEPFAR’s…More

U.N. Agencies Release Statements Recognizing Human Rights Day

PAHO: Human Rights approach eyed as way to cut maternal deaths “An approach based on human rights using international legal instruments can help in the effort to reduce maternal mortality in the Americas, according to experts speaking … at a Pan American Health Organization symposium…” (12/8). UNAIDS: Message on the occasion of Human Rights Day…More

Blog Post Discusses Role Of Human Rights In Reaching Global Health Goals

BMC Blog: Human Rights Day: Advancing Human Rights for Global Health through the World Health Organization Benjamin Mason Meier, associate professor of global health policy and the Zachary Taylor Smith distinguished chair in public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues discuss the importance of International Human Rights Day, which…More

U.S. Has ‘Critical Role’ To Play In Ensuring Women’s Sexual, Reproductive Rights Globally

HuffPost: How One Woman In Uganda Is Speaking Out Against Gender-Based Violence Seema Jalan, executive director at Universal Access Project “…Women and girls who experience gender-based violence have had their basic human rights violated and are at increased risk of a myriad of other sexual and reproductive health threats, including unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and…More

More Focused Prevention Measures, Improved Access To Treatment Critical To Curb Growing HIV…

PLOS Medicine: The expanding epidemic of HIV-1 in the Russian Federation Chris Beyrer, professor at the Center for Public Health and Human Rights in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and colleagues “…The continuous growth of the Russian HIV epidemic is a failure of public policy and practice. The…More

CDC, State Department, USAID Recognize 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Creating Strength in Numbers to End Violence Against Women & Girls Recognizing the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign that takes place annually between the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25 and Human Rights Day on December 10, Daniela Ligiero, executive director and…More

Obstetric Care Navigation: A New Model for LMICs

Photo by Rob Tinworth.

“Son muy enojados.” They’re very angry. It’s a phrase I’ve heard time and time again interviewing indigenous Guatemalan women about their experiences of maternal health care Read More

U.N. Panel Voices Concern Over N. Korea’s Treatment Of Women; Parasites Found In Defector…

Reuters: North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N. “North Korean women are deprived of education and job opportunities and are often subjected to violence at home and sexual assault in the workplace, a U.N. human rights panel said on Monday. … North Korea told the panel on Nov.

Trump Administration Should ‘Explicitly Back’ U.N. Investigation Of Myanmar’s Treatment…

Washington Post: Tillerson is right to call for justice for the Rohingya. He’s naive to think Burma will deliver. Editorial Board “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson too often has shown a disregard for human rights issues, especially in his public diplomacy. So his news conference in Burma on Wednesday was a welcome departure. … Mr.…More

HRW Report Urges China To End ‘Conversion Therapy’ Among LGBT People

Associated Press: Rights group urges China to ban abusive gay ‘conversion’ “The Chinese government should stop hospitals and other medical facilities from subjecting LGBT people to conversion therapy that in some cases has involved electroshock, involuntary confinement, and forced medication, a human rights group said Wednesday…” (Liu, 11/15). BuzzFeed News: Human Rights Watch: China’s Public…More

U.S., U.K., Other Donors Oppose U.N. Request To Reprogram Peacekeeping Funds To Address Cholera…

The Guardian: ‘Shameful’: U.K. and U.S. under fire over blocked funds for Haiti cholera victims “Human rights lawyers have accused the U.K. and other large donors of blocking the release of a multimillion-dollar U.N. fund to provide relief to victims of a cholera epidemic that has killed 10,000 people in Haiti.

U.S. Should Address FGM, Prioritize Women, Girls’ Rights

Forbes: Let’s Prioritize Protecting Girls Carrie Lukas, managing director of the Independent Women’s Forum “…We should call on American leaders to prioritize encouraging countries around the globe to recognize women’s human rights and make progress toward women’s full and equal participation in society. U.S. policy leaders should also double down on their commitment to ensuring…More

HRW Summarizes Letter Sent To U.S. Secretary Of State Tillerson On Impacts Of Mexico City…

Human Rights Watch: U.S.: Trump Policy Harming Kenya, Uganda Health Services “Early effects of United States restrictions to global health aid include cuts to essential health services in Kenya and Uganda, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that was released [Thursday]. The changes have resulted in a…More

HRW Letter Outlines Findings, Recommendations On Early Impacts Of U.S. Protecting Life In…

Human Rights Watch: Re: Early Impact of the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance Policy in Kenya and Uganda In this October 13 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, HRW Washington Director Sarah Margon and Nisha Varia, advocacy director of Human Rights Watch’s women’s rights division, “share our initial research findings and recommendations…More

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