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Part I – HFSS Food Advertising Regulation in the Netherlands

Date:12 October 2020
Whenever we open our Facebook-, or Instagram-app or turn on the TV, we are often targeted by advertising efforts promoting the consumption of products detrimental to our health, such as ‘unhealthy’ food (food high in saturated fat, trans fatty acids, salt and sugar, HFSS food). Some States have regulated such advertising to some extent, while others mainly leave it unregulated. But do States actually have obligations under international human rights law to regulate this?
Voices in the Field

Voices in the Field: Adriaan van Es

Date:28 July 2020
Adriaan van Es, founder and Secretary of IFHHRO, is an MD, family doctor and counselor on end-of-life decisions. Dr van Es is also active in health related human rights advocacy. In his interview with GHLG, he talks about his journey within human rights work in the health sector. 

Why the right to self-determination is vital for indigenous peoples in times of COVID-19

Date:02 July 2020
Medes Malaihollo - COVID-19 is having a disproportionately harmful effect on indigenous peoples. Particularly in Brazil, the virus affects the health of these vulnerable groups to such a degree that it constitutes a serious threat to their existence. Many indigenous communities have little to no immunity against most diseases, poor access to health care and experience starvation as a serious outcome due to lockdowns.
States’ Resilience to Future Health Emergencies – Connecting the Dots between Core Obligations and Core Capacities

ESIL Reflection

Date:16 June 2020
Brigit Toebes - Covid-19 has put a spotlight on the responsibilities of States under the International Health Regulations and on State accountability in case of a breach.

COVID-19, mental health and human rights

Date:13 June 2020
Natalie Schuck - “Although the COVID-19 crisis is, in the first instance, a physical health crisis, it has the seeds of a major mental health crisis as well, if action is not taken”, as per the policy brief by the United Nations published in mid-May. Months earlier, the WHO and other organizations already outlined the danger of COVID-19-related psychological distress and published information on how to take care of one’s mental health and well-being.
* This research is co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Social Fund- ESF) through the Operational Programme «Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning» in the context of the project “Reinforcement of Postdoctoral Researchers - 2nd Cycle” (MIS-5033021), implemented by the State Scholarships Foundation (ΙΚΥ).

Transparency Challenges in Health (Care) in Times of COVID-19 Pandemic

Date:11 June 2020
Elisavet Athanasia Alexiadou - Since the onset of this unprecedented global public health crisis owed to the Covid-19 outbreak and its rapid global spread, serious concerns have been voiced regarding the limited role that transparency is playing in global health governance and particularly in ensuring the right to health (care) for all during the Covid-19 pandemic. Crucially, in times of public health emergencies a significant transparency gap tends to exist in the governance framework

Diversity and debate have a positive impact on fighting the pandemic

Date:08 June 2020
Nicolle Zeegers - How governments approach the Covid-19 crisis is not only interesting from the political science viewpoint; it also has wide-reaching implications for global health. Political regimes find themselves on a continuum between the democratic and the authoritarian ends.
Voices in the Field

Voices in the Field: Robert Simons

Date:04 June 2020
Robert Simons has gained extensive knowledge as a practitioner working with human rights. Simons was previously the Nurse Director of the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and has international healthcare experience in Sudan, Pakistan and Vietnam.

The Danger of Health Sector Corruption during the COVID-19 Pandemic: the case of Indonesia

Date:26 May 2020
Ratna Juwita - Anti-corruption is an important aspect that has to be prioritized during the public health emergency. During the public health emergency, one of the most important activities in dealing with pandemics is to provide quality medical equipment, medicine, and health services in a sufficient number through the procurement process
Global Responses to COVID-19: Rights, Democracy, and the Law - Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

COVID-19, the Netherlands, and Human Rights: A Balancing Act

Date:26 May 2020
Brigit Toebes - The Netherlands, a country with 17 million inhabitants, had its first COVID-19 hospitalizations in the beginning of March 2020. On March 16th, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced a range of measures aimed at “maximum control,” but not “maximum containment” of the virus: in other words, social distancing measures, but no full lockdown.