Human Rights

Millions lack access to palliative care, says Human Rights Watch

Michael Cook | 10 June 2011
Tens of millions of people worldwide are denied access to inexpensive medications for severe pain, Human Rights Watch said in a report released earlier this month. The 128-page report, "Global State of Pain Treatment: Access to Palliative Care as a Human Right," details the failure of many governments to take even basic steps to ensure that people with severe pain due to cancer, HIV, and other serious illnesses have access to palliative care. As a result, millions of patients live and die in great agony that could easily be prevented, Human Rights Watch said.

No right to assisted suicide, says European Rights Court

Michael Cook | 29 January 2011
There is no human right to assisted suicide, the European Court of Human Rights has declared, in a unanimous verdict.

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