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Overuse of biomedical interventions ignores humans emotional complexity, says UN expert
Overuse of biomedical interventions ignores humans emotional complexity, says UN expert
In his last report to the Human Rights Council, Dainius Puras, Special Rapporteur on the right to health, calls for a human rights-based approach to treating mental distress and an end to the dominance of psychotropic medicines and coercive institutionalisation.
27 July 2020
A rights environment for the highest standard of mental health
A rights environment for the highest standard of mental health
UN expert on the right to health, Dainius Pūras, says that good mental health must be defined by the creation of environments where people can live their lives in dignity in the equitable pursuit of their full potential.
5 July 2019
What to know about detention and the right to health
What to know about detention and the right to health
The UN right to health expert, Dainius Pūras, says that over 10 million people detained in prisons and confined in other institutions are denied their right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
28 June 2018
Access to essential medicines is a fundamental element of the right to health
Access to essential medicines is a fundamental element of the right to health
“Millions are unable today to access essential medicines not due to any inherent lack of these commodities, but to entirely man-made policy deficits and entrenched practices,” said UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore at a panel discussion on access to medicines during the recent UN Human Rights Council.
24 March 2017
Expert urges States to invest in the health and resilience of adolescents
Expert urges States to invest in the health and resilience of adolescents
UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health Dainius Pūras has called on States to decriminalize abortion, close adolescent drug detention facilities and to provide better mental health for teens, in a wide ranging report on health presented during the Human Rights Council.
21 June 2016
Migrant workers: their right to health care
Migrant workers: their right to health care
The Special Rapporteur on the right to health says many of the more than a hundred million migrants who leave their countries every year have little or no access to medical help of any kind.
4 July 2013
Millions may lose access to necessary generic medicines
Millions may lose access to necessary generic medicines
The Free Trade Agreement between the EU and India may threaten access to necessary generic medicines.
26 January 2011
Access to medicines - fundamental to the right to health
Access to medicines - fundamental to the right to health
Human rights must be at the core of policy design and decision-making aimed at ensuring greater access to medicines.
5 November 2010