A Virtual Roundtable with Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Health

Carmel Williams and Joseph J. Amon Introduction Since 2002 the United Nations, through the (now) Human Rights Council, has mandated experts to advance the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, is the fourth, and most recent appointment to this post, and the first woman to hold it. Called Special Rapporteurs, these ‘independent experts’ promote and protect the right to…

A Virtual Roundtable on COVID-19 and Human Rights with Human Rights Watch Researchers

PDF Joseph J. Amon and Margaret Wurth Introduction International human rights law guarantees everyone the right to the highest attainable standard of health and obligates governments to take steps to prevent threats to public health and to provide medical care to those who need it. Human rights law also recognizes that in the context of serious public health threats and public emergencies threatening the life of the nation, restrictions on…