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Whenever a shocking crime is reported in the news in Brazil, social media fills with calls for laws for harsher punishment. That is especially true when the suspects are adolescents. Given Brazil´s high levels of violence, it is…
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Yap suggest that China’s labour camps for drug users present an opportunity to implement universal ‘test and treat’ programmes. They contend that such a step would be consistent with ‘humanitarian’ principles endorsed by The Global Fund and the World Bank…
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Abstract Globally, over 1 million children in conflict with the law are in detention, yet little research, particularly from Africa, has addressed their experiences of incarceration. Between September 2009 and February 2010, 246 prisoners, 30 prison…
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Guest Message

In September 2008 a classified ad appeared in a newspaper in Colombia. It read: "Cancer is killing us. Pain is killing me because for several days I have been unable to find injectable morphine in any place. Please Mr. Secretary of Health, do…
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Summary We reviewed evidence from more than 900 studies and reports on the link between human rights abuses experienced by people who use drugs and vulnerability to HIV infection and access to services. Published work documents widespread abuses of…
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Abstract Background Almost five decades ago, governments around the world adopted the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs which, in addition to addressing the control of illicit narcotics, obligated countries to work towards…
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Human Rights and Access to HIV Prevention and Treatment for Internal Migrants

Abstract (Full article available here) Worldwide, far more people migrate within than across borders, and although internal migrants do not risk a loss of citizenship, they frequently confront significant social, financial and health consequences, as…
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A reply to Boggio et al.

In the October 2009 issue of Health and Human Rights, Joe Amon, Françoise Girard, and Salmaan Keshavjee respond to a recent article, "Limitations on human rights: Are they justifiable to reduce the burden of TB in the era of MDR- and XDR-TB?" in which…
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Across Brazil, patients are turning to courts to access prescribed drugs.  A comment published in The Lancet, co-authored by Joe Amon, Director of the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, addresses the judicialization of the right to…