Uganda’s Homosexuality Bill Struck Down

Posted by Kate Barth on August 4, 2014

On Friday, August 1, 2014, the Constitutional Court of Uganda struck down the Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014 which had been passed by the Ugandan parliament last December.  Although the act which was signed into law omitted the death penalty clause which had earned it the moniker “Kill the Gays Bill” in western media, the act still carried harsh …Read more

Lancet calls for decriminalization of sex work in a special issue on sex workers and HIV

Posted by Gabriel Armas-Cardona on July 31, 2014

Last week the medical journal Lancet released a series of articles and comments on sex workers and HIV. The articles analyze the numerous social and medical challenges that limit sex workers’ access to health services, which leads to increased risk of HIV transmission. The journal’s strongest recommendation is for the decriminalization of sex work, which …Read more

Medical-legal partnerships proliferate in the USA

Posted by Kate Barth on July 18, 2014

The New York Times published a heartening article today regarding the proliferation of medical-legal partnerships aimed at protecting patients’ health by attacking some of the underlying determinants of patients’ ill-health. Advocacy organizations which have partnered with medical clinics take legal action against landlords, government bureaucracies, Medicaid, and insurance companies to secure patient entitlements and legal …Read more

INTERIGHTS Summaries Greatly Expand the Content of the GH&HR Database

Posted by Gabriel Armas-Cardona on July 17, 2014

We’re happy to announce our first case from the Committee Against Torture. If you open the case summary you’ve find a note on the bottom that says that the summary was “Adapted from INTERIGHTS summary, with permission.” INTERIGHTS has given Global Health and Human Rights Database permission to host their summaries on our database. INTERIGHTS …Read more

UN Releases the 2014 Millennium Development Goals Report

Posted by Gabriel Armas-Cardona on July 11, 2014

This week, the UN released the 2014 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report. This is the second-to-last annual report as the MDGs end in 2015. The report describes the status of the MDG targets around the world using data as recent as June 2014. The press release for the report notes how some MDG targets have …Read more

Landmark case: National Legal Services v. Union of India & Ors (“NALSA”) (2014)

Posted by Kate Barth on July 9, 2014

Today’s landmark case spotlight shines on the Indian Supreme Court’s National Legal Services v. Union of India & Ors decision (colloquially known as the NALSA decision), which granted extensive rights and protections to transgendered persons. This 2014 decision stunned not only because it was the one of the first of its kind internationally, but it …Read more

US Supreme Court: For-profit companies can have a religious exemption to providing insurance that includes contraceptives

Posted by Gabriel Armas-Cardona on July 2, 2014

In a decision released on Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States released its judgment in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. It is a controversial opinion that allows closely held for-profit corporations a religious exemption to providing health insurance that includes certain contraceptives that can be viewed as causing an abortion. The opinion is …Read more

Dainius Puras: the next Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health

Posted by Kate Barth on July 2, 2014

The Human Rights Council has appointed Mr. Dainius Puras as the next Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.  Mr. Puras takes over this post from Mr. Anand Grover whose term is set to expire later this summer. Mr. Puras hails from …Read more

When to criminalize HIV transmission? Canada gives its response in R. v. Mabior (2012)

Posted by Kate Barth on June 27, 2014

R. v. Mabior, 2012 SCC 47, a landmark decision related to whether non-disclosure of one’s HIV positive status to a sexual partner constitutes fraud negating consent (and thus subjects the HIV positive partner to criminal sanctions), was handed down by the Canadian Supreme court in 2012 and has inspired much praise, criticism and commentary in …Read more

UN Report: the Impact of Unhealthy Foods and NCDs on the Right to Health

Posted by Gabriel Armas-Cardona on June 19, 2014

Last week, Anand Grover, the executive director of Lawyers Collective and the current Special Rapporteur on the right to health released his report on the impact of unhealthy foods and non-communicable diseases on the right to health. In the words of Mr. Grover: “The culprit is ‘junk food’,” Grover said. “Containing high levels of sugar, …Read more