Right to Health

The Menace of Manual Scavenging in India: The Case for Stronger Legal Implementation

The Menace of Manual Scavenging in India: The Case for Stronger Legal Implementation

The right to a clean, safe, and healthy environment is a fundamental right protected by Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, encompassed by the right to life. However, sanitation employees...
Ecocentrism and the Right to a Healthy Environment: To What Extent Can Human Rights Protect Non-Human Life?

Ecocentrism and the Right to a Healthy Environment: To What Extent Can Human Rights Protect Non-Human Life?

In 2022, the United Nations General Assembly recognized the human right to a ‘clean, healthy, and sustainable environment’. Before the General Assembly resolution expressly recognized this right, other sources of...
The Right to Health Under Attack: Violence and Insecurity Compromise Healthcare Access in Sudan

The Right to Health Under Attack: Violence and Insecurity Compromise Healthcare Access in Sudan

On April 15, 2023, extreme fighting in Khartoum and other parts of Sudan began between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan (de-facto leader of Sudan)...
Rajasthan’s Right To Health Act: A Case of Using the Wrong Means to Achieve the Right Ends

Rajasthan’s Right To Health Act: A Case of Using the Wrong Means to Achieve the Right Ends

The landmark Rajasthan Right to Health Act makes access to healthcare a legal entitlement of every resident of the State. Crucially, the Act provides for the right to free treatment,...
Depathologising Gender Identity at the United Nations: A Call to South Africa

Depathologising Gender Identity at the United Nations: A Call to South Africa

On 29 March 2023, a cross-regional group of countries led by Argentina, called for United Nations Member States to implement laws and policies based on self-determined gender identity. This reform...
The Missing Pieces: Living Organ Donation and Personal Autonomy in Germany

The Missing Pieces: Living Organ Donation and Personal Autonomy in Germany

Non-directed living organ donation remains prohibited in Germany, with concerning implications for individual autonomy as well as potentially fatal consequences for those awaiting organ donation. About 8,500 people are currently...
Life-Saving At a High Cost: The Case for Provision of Rare Disease Treatments Being a Human Right

Life-Saving At a High Cost: The Case for Provision of Rare Disease Treatments Being a Human Right

Earlier this year, Brazilian authorities added Zolgesma, once “the world’s most expensive medical treatment to date,” to the country’s mandatory coverage list. The medication treats Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a rare...
The Forgotten I in LGBTQIA+: ECtHR Turns its Back on Intersex People

The Forgotten I in LGBTQIA+: ECtHR Turns its Back on Intersex People

Image Description: Picture of two fists, with the letters LGBTQIA+ written across the knuckles in rainbow colours On 31 January, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued its first-ever...
La violencia obstétrica y su reconocimiento por la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

La violencia obstétrica y su reconocimiento por la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

Desde hace algunos años, la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (Corte IDH) ha desarrollado estándares en materia de derechos sexuales y reproductivos. Sin embargo, la Corte se ha encontrada reacia...
Obstetric Violence and its Recognition by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Obstetric Violence and its Recognition by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

For some years the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACoHR) has been developing standards regarding sexual and reproductive rights. However, the court has proven reluctant to recognise obstetric violence as...
Reducing Child Marriage in Indonesia: The Untapped Potential of the Marriage Law (2019)

Reducing Child Marriage in Indonesia: The Untapped Potential of the Marriage Law (2019)

Image Description: Indonesian adult man and woman stand on illuminated podium celebrating their marriage vows Each year on October 11, the International Day of Girl Child is observed to increase...
Criminal Liabilities of First Aiders in Situations of Violence: A Hong Kong Perspective

Criminal Liabilities of First Aiders in Situations of Violence: A Hong Kong Perspective

Image Description: Police firing tear gas to protesters near Central Government Headquarters in Hong Kong. Whether and to what extent should first aiders bear criminal liabilities for taking part in...

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