Health and Human Rights

WHO Assistant Director-General speaks to importance of making human rights a reality

11 March 2015 | Geneva - Academics, practitioners, and students from a variety of disciplines and nations met in Geneva to share their experiences and hopes for the ‘operationalization’ of human rights, including the ‘right to health’. Convened by the Essex University Human Rights Law Centre to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the panel invited WHO Assistant Director-General, Dr Flavia Bustreo, Professor Malcolm Evans, OBE, of Bristol University and the Special Rapporteur for Iran, Dr Ahmed Shaheed, to share their experiences and challenges in translating rights into reality.


  • December 2014

    “Every woman, every child, every day”

    International Human Rights Day 2014

    GENEVA – This year’s #rights365 campaign focuses on the message that human rights are for everyday---not only for the one day set aside by the international community to mark the commitment made in 1948 to respect and protect fundamental freedoms laid out in the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’.

  • November 2014

    190 countries sign Child Rights Convention

    Convention on the Rights of the Child

    GENEVA - The Convention recognises that children are human beings and more than just ‘passive objects of care and charity’ who are entitled to the enjoyment of a distinct set of rights in accordance with their specific needs.

  • September 2014

    Application of a human rights based approach to reduce under-5 child mortality and morbidity

    GENEVA – The Technical Guidance on the application of a human rights based approach to reduce and eliminate preventable mortality and morbidity of children under 5 years of age was launched at a high-level side event to the Human Rights Council.


Gender, Equity and Human Rights