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The Arms Trade Treaty: A Historic Achievement

Gilles Giacca 15th April 2013

Last month Dr Gilles Giacca wrote on the progress of the Arms Trade Negotiations recently held in New York.  Today, in the first of a special two-part series, he provides an overview of the historic results of these negotiations. On Tuesday 2 April 2013, after many years of discussions and negotiations, the United Nations General […]

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What can we learn from the Novartis case?

Guest Contributor 12th April 2013

By Swaraj Barooah Last week’s decision by the Indian Supreme Court to reject Novartis’ patent application over a leading leukemia drug, Gilvec, has resonated globally. Many hail it as a victory for patients, while others denounce it as a regressive step for pharmaceutical innovation. With money on one end of the scale and lives on […]

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LGBTI Federal Anti-Discrimination laws are a significant first step

Guest Contributor 11th April 2013

By Heidi Yates- The proposed introduction of ‘sexual orientation’, ‘gender identity’ and ‘intersex status’ as protected attributes under the Sex Discrimination Act (SDA) is a significant step forward for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians. Over the past 17 years, these issues have been the subject of at least five government and […]

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The Agreed Conclusion of CSW57 – Reaffirmation of the Universality of Women’s Human Rights

Guest Contributor 10th April 2013

Last month we ran a special themed post series on the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57).  We are delighted to conclude this series with a special extended post from Professor Frances Raday, a Mandate Holder in the UN Human Rights Council and a participant in CSW57. By Frances Raday – The Agreed Conclusions of […]

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Education suspended, rights infringed

Guest Contributor 9th April 2013

By Jadine Johnson – On Monday, March 25th, ninety-seven students at Leflore High School in Mobile, Alabama were suspended. These students were not suspended for drugs or weapons. They were not fighting or being disruptive. These students were suspended for violating Leflore’s uniform policy — some had simply worn the wrong colour jackets or socks to school. […]

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