Columns & Blogs

The needles revolution: reducing damages while protecting the health of drug users

Offering new needles to drug users - no matter how controversial it could be - is increasingly urgent in order to protect the health and rights of these populations.
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A mother with many daughters

Daughters from a same mother are mobilizing in Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, Philippines and Mexico to defend it.
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The right to live and die without pain in the Americas

Living and dying without pain is a very important component of the right to health. Consequently, States have an obligation not only to remove obstacles that prevent patients from obtaining palliative drugs, but also to promote more flexible programs and policies that facilitate access to these medicines.
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How I gave a mother a cake because I couldn’t get her son out of jail

Certainly one does not need to be a human rights activist to be able to shake someone’s hand. But it’s only a truly caring and grounded advocate who can write a set of policy recommendations and at the same time keep giving hope to the people s/he works with to make sure that all this does not become pointless in the end.
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In Search of Lost Treasures: Indigenous Peoples and Seized Culture

Global South countries have an obligation to set pathways to find lost treasures in museums and private collections around the world. Therefore, it is essential that indigenous peoples are taken into account when determining the use and destination of the cultural material that has been expatriated for centuries.
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Drawing lessons from the Colombian elections

The recent elections taught us that previous reforms have reduced a major problem we had in the late 1990s: extreme political fragmentation.
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Praise for the average citizen

In the middle of my task as a voting jury, the following imaginary world occurred to me: what would happen if, instead of selecting the elected politicians to Congress that day, we selected a group of voting juries chosen by lottery?
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What do we mean by freedom of food choice?: The link between nutrition labeling and human rights

Smart nutrition labelling should aim to have direct effects on consumer choices, and encourage people to ask “Where does my food come from?” before buying it, to favor eating real, healthier and fresher food that truly to nourish them.
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La urgencia de lo importante

Es tiempo de diseñar políticas efectivas para reducir los accidentes de tránsito en el mediano y largo plazo. Solo con un transporte público bien cimentado y barato se podrán aplicar restricciones eficientes y justas al transporte privado.
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The role of economic actors in Colombia’s armed conflict: How much do we know?

Colombia is undergoing a transitional justice process, in which society wants to know who participated in the internal armed conflict for economic purposes. The recently created Truth Commission must be a space to facilitate this discussion and unveil the role that economic actors played during the war. 
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The cost of rights

One dimension that critics of the Constitutional Court often forget is that all rights involve some spending. That is why we must take into account both the costs and the benefits of a judicial decision.
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Lessons on transparency

Transparency has become central in the new agenda of democracy and the anti-corruption fight. However, by itself, transparency can be useless and become an empty discourse. This is why civil society groups and citizens should promote not only access to information, but also the active use of it.
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