When hospitals are forced to ration lifesaving treatment, state policies—or lack thereof—could push COVID-19 patients with disabilities to the end of the line, according to the Center for Public Integrity.  

The loss of a spouse is devastating—all the more so if you are denied the rights that many couples take for granted. Chris Beyrer, the Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, shares the pain of…

While Tanzania’s president bowed to international pressure when he disavowed an official’s 2018 pledge to round up homosexuals and jail them for life, the country’s institutionalized homophobia hasn’t budged, Human Rights Watch warns.   On top of criminalizing homosexuality…

Overwhelming stress. Discrimination. Bullying and harassment.  

A Ugandan bill known as “Kill the Gays” that imposes the death penalty for homosexuality is expected to pass in parliament, according to a government minister. The proposed legislation also criminalizes those involved in advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights under “promotion and…

Punched. Mocked. Shouted at. Held down by force. These are some of the ways women remember childbirth, according to a new WHO-led Lancet study that interviewed over 2,600 women in Nigeria, Burma (Myanmar), Ghana and Guinea.

Renew Ganga, a pilot effort in India, has turned to Varanasi’s waste pickers to clean up the polluted Ganges River and keep plastic from reaching the ocean.   As it winds through India, the sacred river soaks up untreated sewage and trash, including ~1.2 billion pounds of…

While there’s general consensus among Arabic-speaking delegations to oppose discussion of gender identity or sexual orientation, a recent report reveals how some are breaking rank when savvy LGBTQ organizations approach the UN.

A scholar of rights, slavery and freedom, Thea Hunter found herself entrapped in the brutal cycle common to adjunct professors who occupy “the lowest rung” in the caste system of academia, writes Adam Harris. Despite her brilliance, Hunter—a black woman—was unable to…

As of yesterday, extramarital sex, gay sex and abortion are punishable by stoning death in Brunei. The brutal new law took effect yesterday despite widespread international condemnation and calls to boycott Brunei-owned luxury properties like the Beverly Hills Hotel. Rape…