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Human Rights and Health in 2019

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This the Editorial of The Lancet of January 26, 2019

A pattern of political turmoil, violence, and intolerance in all corners of the world, from Europe to Asia and the USA, is following a rise of populist leaders and authoritarian governments. Human rights are under autocratic threat. Once-influential rights defenders, such as the USA, have faded away, risking a void in the global defence of human rights. This gloomy reality is underscored in Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2019, released Jan 17, which summarises key human rights issues in nearly 100 countries and territories worldwide. This year’s annual report sends a clear message: that human rights violations propagated by autocratic leaders throughout 2018 continue to imperil the health of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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A grim picture, but notice the final sentence:

global unity is a force that needs to be harnessed to truly shift the power dynamics in 2019 and to make it a year of triumph for both human rights and health. It will be a tough journey.

Alas! there is hope, but the burden is on us.

X. Allué (Editor)

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31 enero 2019 at 6:09

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