Accountability for the Rights of People with Psychosocial Disabilities: An Assessment of Country Reports for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Volume 23/1, June 2021, pp. 175-189 PDF Julian Eaton, Aleisha Carroll, Nathaniel Scherer, Lucy Daniel, Michael Njenga, Charlene Sunkel, Kirsty Thompson, Diane Kingston, Gulshan Ara Khanom, and Sean Dryer Abstract The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been identified as a milestone in human rights protection, offering people with psychosocial disabilities the opportunity to hold their governments accountable for the realization of their rights. To facilitate…

Is Mandatory Vaccination for COVID-19 Constitutional under Brazilian Law?

Volume 23/1, June 2021, pp. 163-174 PDF Daniel Wei Liang Wang, Gabriela Moribe, and Ana Luiza Gajardoni de M. Arruda Abstract Mandatory vaccination for COVID-19 has been the object of heated debate in Brazil. This article discusses the legality and constitutionality of such a policy. First, it analyzes the laws, regulations, and Supreme Court decisions that provide for the possibility of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination. Subsequently, it analyzes the constitutionality of…

Supreme Court v. Necropolitics: The Chaotic Judicialization of COVID-19 in Brazil

Volume 23/1, June 2021, pp. 151-162 PDF João Biehl, Lucas E. A. Prates, and Joseph J. Amon Abstract Worldwide, governments have reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic with emergency orders and policies restricting rights to movement, assembly and education that have impacted daily lives and livelihoods in profound ways. But some leaders, such as President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, have resisted taking such steps, denying the seriousness of the pandemic and…

Addressing the Risks That Trade Secret Protections Pose for Health and Rights

Volume 23/1, June 2021, pp. 129-143 PDF Allison Durkin, Patricia Anne Sta Maria, Brandon Willmore, and Amy Kapczynski Abstract Human rights frameworks afford everyone the right to health and the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications. Both come together to create state obligations to ensure access to medicines and other health technologies. Though the impact of patents on access to high-quality, affordable medicines and health…

PERSPECTIVE We Cannot Win the Access to Medicines Struggle Using the Same Thinking That Causes the Chronic Access Crisis

Volume 23/1, June 2021, pp. 119-127 PDF Gaëlle Krikorian and Els Torreele Abstract The inequity in access to COVID-19 vaccines that we are witnessing today is yet another symptom of a pharmaceutical economy that is not fit for purpose. That it was possible to develop multiple COVID-19 vaccines in less than a year, while at the same time fostering extreme inequities, calls for transformative change in the health innovation and…

Societal Healing in Rwanda: Toward a Multisystemic Framework for Mental Health, Social Cohesion, and Sustainable Livelihoods among Survivors and Perpetrators of the Genocide against the Tutsi

Volume 23/1, June 2021, pp. 105-118 PDF Alexandros Lordos, Myria Ioannou, Eugène Rutembesa, Stefani Christoforou, Eleni Anastasiou, and Thröstur Björgvinsson  Abstract The genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda left the country almost completely devastated, with tremendous consequences for mental health, social cohesion, and livelihoods. In the aftermath of such extreme circumstances and human rights violations, societal healing should be conceptualized and approached based on a multisystemic framework that considers these…

Teaching Truth in Transitional Justice: A Collaborative Approach to Supporting Colombian Educators

Volume 23/1, June 2021, pp. 91-103 PDF Gabriel Velez Abstract The pursuit and acknowledgment of the truth of past atrocities and human rights abuses are critical processes in transitional societies. While truth commissions have become a central part of achieving these goals, there has historically been minimal attention to the role of teachers and students in this work. Critical and thoughtful teaching about the past conflict, however, may help prevent…

Quantifying the Ripple Effects of Civil War: How Armed Conflict Is Associated with More Severe Violence in the Home

Volume 23/1, June 2021, pp. 75-89 PDF Jocelyn T. D. Kelly, Elizabeth Colantuoni, Courtland Robinson, and Michele R. Decker Abstract Both the fields of public health and that of human rights seek to improve human well-being, including through reducing and preventing all forms of violence, to help individuals attain the highest quality of life. In both fields, mathematical methods can help “visibilize” the hidden architecture of violence, bringing new methods…

Monitoring Attacks on Health Care as a Basis to Facilitate Accountability for Human Rights Violations

Volume 23/1, June 2021, pp. 55-70 PDF Benjamin Mason Meier, Hannah Rice, and Shashika Bandara Abstract Violence against health care systems is an assault on health and human rights. Despite the evolution of global standards to protect health workers and ensure the delivery of health care in times of conflict, attacks against health systems have continued throughout the world—violating humanitarian law, undermining human rights, and threatening public health. The persistence…

The Right to Mental Health in Yemen: A Distressed and Ignored Foundation for Peace

Volume 23/1, June 2021, pp. 43-53 PDF Waleed Alhariri, Amanda McNally, and Sarah Knuckey Abstract Mental health issues are all too common consequences of conflict and atrocity crimes, often causing upwards of one-quarter of the postconflict, post-atrocity population to suffer from physical and mental sequelae that linger long after weapons have been silenced. After more than six years of ongoing conflict, Yemen’s already weak health care system is on the…