Keynote speaker: Navanethem Pillay (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)Presented by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the New York Academy of Sciences
Reported by Theresa Wizemann | Posted February 2, 2009
On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of 30 human rights principles with the goal of ensuring individual rights and freedoms worldwide. In addition to affirming rights such as freedom, equality, education, and due process, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) addresses the most basic of individual rights—the right to personal health and wellbeing. Six decades later, while there are many success stories, human rights violations worldwide continue to have dire consequences for public health.
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the UDHR, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the New York Academy of Sciences cosponsored a conference on December 5, 2008. Michael J. Klag, dean of the Bloomberg School, welcomed over 150 participants to the Academy's conference center in downtown New York City where speakers discussed the human rights challenges that compound public health concerns both at home and abroad.
Epidemiologist Chris Beyrer explains how in the absence of human rights, public health suffers. He is working in Burma to conduct public health research and provide health services to internally displaced people.
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Speakers in this eBriefing:
Joe Amon (Human Rights Watch)
Chris Beyrer (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
Laurie Garrett (Council on Foreign Relations)
Patricia Gatling (New York City Commission on Human Rights)
Michael Klag (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
Gara LaMarche (The Atlantic Philanthropies)
Robert Lawrence (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
Nevanethem Pillay (United Nations)
Ellis Rubinstein (The New York Academy of Sciences)
Leonard Rubenstein (Physicians for Human Rights)
Ruth Wedgwood (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies)