NEW HHRJ SERIES: Calling for blogs on SDGs, Accountability, and the Right to Health

Robust accountability processes and mechanisms are an essential component of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In our recent SDG SERIES, contributors repeatedly called for human rights to underpin these processes and mechanisms. In response, the Health and Human Rights Journal is now calling for contributions for a new series of blogs on “SDGs, Accountability, and the Right to Health.” Contributions may explore practical and procedural interpretations arising from an…

Mary Robinson Introduces the COP21 SERIES: Climate change, COP21, and the right to health

Introduction by Mary Robinson I am delighted to welcome and launch this Health and Human Rights Journal series on climate change, COP21 and the right to health. The initiative is timely; on Monday October 19, 2015, climate negotiators will reconvene in Bonn, Germany, for the final five days of negotiations before the Conference of Parties (COP21) begins in Paris on November 30. This is an incredibly important year; 2015 could…

Viewpoints: Human Rights Challenges in the Field

Since we launched our Viewpoint feature in December 2019 to celebrate 25 years of Health and Human Rights, we have published 14 articles from leading health and human rights scholars. Each has reflected on the progress of our field since the launch of the Journal under the editorship of Jonathan Mann in 1994, and offered thoughts on today’s challenges, and those imminent. We encourage readers to share these with their…

How Can We Overcome the Great Procrastination to Respond to the Climate Emergency?

Rachel Hammonds The climate emergency is undermining human rights progress globally, presenting humanity with a complex problem that demands a transformative approach to our fundamental existence, including what we eat, how we live, and how we travel and commute. Five years ago the editorial in this Journal’s issue on Climate Justice and the Right to Health asked if our era will be viewed as the era of the “Great Procrastination”…

Celebrating 25 years: From Aspiration to Reality, An Australian Postscript

Claire E Brolan Congratulations to Health and Human Rights on its 25th anniversary from Queensland, Australia. In 2010 I read Jonathan Mann’s article, “Health and Human Rights: If Not Now, When?”, published in Health and Human Rights in 1997, and republished in the American Journal of Public Health in 2006.1 Therein, Mann identified that in the public health and human rights fields, “we are creating, participating in, and witnessing an…

Tuberculosis Care in Mexico’s Chiapas Highlands Region: A Right to Health Analysis

Andrea Pérez-Molina, Héctor Javier Sánchez-Pérez, Maritel Yanes-Pérez, and Marcos Arana-Cedeño Abstract This article analyzes the fulfillment of the four essential and interrelated elements of availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality (AAAQ) presented in General Comment 14 of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. We examined the ways that AAAQ criteria are met in tuberculosis (TB) care by evaluating a sample of 33 primary health care units (PHCUs)…

Sleep Deprivation of Detained Children: Another Reason to End Child Detention

Katherine R. Peeler, Kathryn Hampton, Justin Lucero, and Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi Introduction The US administration’s “zero tolerance” policy has ushered in an escalation of mass detention of immigrants in the United States. In its present iteration, this system processes children without sufficient numbers of personnel with pediatric medical training or who can recognize life-threatening conditions. This same system also detains increasing numbers of children for longer periods of time without trauma-informed…

A Democracy Deficit in Digital Health?

Sara L. M. Davis, Kenechukwu Esom, Rico Gustav, Allan Maleche, and Mike Podmore In 1994, when Health and Human Rights was launched by editor Jonathan Mann, it appeared-in print-in a very different world: one in which the internet had just been created, and could only be accessed through dial-up telephone lines paid for by the minute; cell phones were heavy, clunky, and unaffordable for most. Our thinking about health and…

Impunity: Undermining the Health and Human Rights Consensus

Chris Beyrer Impunity: exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action. A noun. (Oxford English Dictionary, 2019) There has perhaps always been a greater burden of unpunished human rights violations than punished ones. The newest mechanism for accountability for rights abuses, the International Criminal Court, has to date successfully prosecuted only one charge of the most grievous abuse, genocide, that of the case of the Srebrenica…

Human Rights in Global Health Governance

Benjamin Mason Meier, Margherita Marianna Cinà, and Lawrence O. Gostin Institutions of global health governance are central to the advancement of health and human rights. Over the past 25 years, there has arisen an effort to formalize human rights implementation responsibilities across institutions of global governance, leading to a dramatic reframing in how international human rights law has been understood to influence the policies, programs, and practices of international organizations.…

What Does it Mean to Adopt a Human Rights-based Approach to Drug Policy?

Damon Barrett, Julie Hannah, and Rick Lines The 25th anniversary of Health and Human Rights comes at an interesting time in international drug policy. Not long ago, references to human rights could be, and were, easily vetoed from draft UN drug policy resolutions. At best, human rights were included in declaratory preambles of omnibus resolutions, and largely forgotten in any substantive sense. Drug policy NGOs, for the most part, did…

Human Rights Education Must Become Central to the Health Curriculum

Lawrence O. Gostin, Hanna Huffstetler, and Benjamin Mason Meier The health and human rights movement has united the world to realize health-related human rights. Yet, the current age of populist nationalism has challenged long-held assumptions about the overarching importance of human rights and the rights-based imperative of global solidarity. It is necessary to look to the next generation of leaders to sustain (and reinvigorate) the commitment to universal rights in…