The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, celebrating its 30th anniversary today, is has led to remarkable strides but not complete success, UNICEF reports.

While Peru’s family planning program seemed a way to provide low-income families access to birth control, doctors and victims’ rights advocates say it emphasized sterilization.272,000 women—mostly poor, rural, and uneducated—were sterilized under the program from…

Renewed US sanctions against Iran have damaged the country’s ability to import critical medicines, threatening the health of millions of Iranians.   Already, the sanctions are causing suffering—especially for Iranians with leukemia, epidermolysis bullosa (which causes…

North Korea’s “gross failure” to protect even the most basic health of its children is a violation of human rights, says W. Courtland Robinson, lead author of a new study on the health of DPRK children.    The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea cites systemic abuses…

In Afghanistan, women who fail to bleed on their wedding night, are seen walking with men, or anger their families—all could be subjected to virginity tests.Virtually all the women and girls arrested for “moral crimes” in Afghanistan were subjected to virginity…

Hundreds of migrant construction workers are dying of heat stress in Qatar each year, underscoring another health risk of rising temperatures.   Many of the workers died toiling in blazing temperatures—up to 45 degrees C (113F)—as the country prepares to host the FIFA World…

Protests have erupted after a fire yesterday in Greece’s infamous, overcrowded Moria refugee camp killed at least 1 woman and possibly her child, BBC reports.     The Lesbos camp only has capacity for 3,000 people, but houses more than 12,000.   The UN urged Greece to…

Venezuela’s women suffer inordinate horrors as conditions further deteriorate in the country. NGOs report a 50% increase in female homicides in the last year. In Colombia—the closest remaining refuge for fleeing migrants—Venezuelan women are often exploited for sex work. 27…

25 years after a lead mine closed in Kabwe, Zambia, children are still playing in contaminated soil, according to a new Human Rights Watch report, which calls out the government’s insufficient response.  

In Afghanistan, where women’s sexuality falls under legal jurisdiction, “invasive and scientifically dubious” virginity tests are common for women under suspicion.   Some doctors exchange bribes for favorable results. Others repair the hymen of women who have been raped to…