Category: Human Rights

Copley Square Demonstrations

Last Sunday, January 29th, 2017, massive demonstrations against Donald Trumps’s Muslim Ban were held in Boston’s Copley Square. Being that this was essentially the site of the Boston Marathon bombings, it was a telling symbol of the strength of the city’s character and its willingness to stand up for American values of inclusivity and equality. ...

Women’s March on Boston

On Saturday January 21st, coinciding with hundreds of marches nationwide, 175,000 citizens gathered in Boston Common for what is arguably the largest single day protest in the history of the United States. It was a breathtaking sight as seas of people flooded the streets with signs where the creativity was only matched by the significance. ...

A Culture of Health and Human Rights

In this month’s issue of Health Affairs, professors George Annas and Wendy Mariner write about A Culture of Health and Human Rights that can be viewed as a social norm that values health as the nation’s highest priority. Human rights, established in the declaration of human rights, are to be the foundation and underlying theme of ...

NYT: After Torture, Ex-Detainee Is Still Captive of ‘The Darkness’

In a recently published New York Times article, physician, GLP activist and expert on torture Sondra Crosby was asked  to discuss her experience with Mr. Suleiman Abdullah Salim, who was a victim of US torture practices. Dr. Crosby reported that Mr. Salim “…is plagued by profound distress, inability to eat and inability to sleep.” Stories ...

(Public) Health and Human Rights Symposium

The right to health both defines a “health in all policies” agenda and prohibits state cruelty. On April 6, 2016, Guest speakers and UN rapporteurs, Juan Mendez and Dainius Puras discussed how the right to health and torture will help us set a forward-looking health and human rights strategy.  Other guest speakers included George Annas, ...

NEJM: Guantanamo Bay: A Medical Ethics–free Zone?

American physicians have not widely criticized medical policies at the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp that violate medical ethics. We believe they should. Actions violating medical ethics, taken on behalf of the government, devalue medical ethics for all physicians. The ongoing hunger strike at Guantanamo by as many as 100 of the 166 remaining prisoners presents a stark challenge to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to resist the temptation to use military physicians to “break” the strike through force-feeding...