Abortion in Ireland: Time to Repeal the Eighth

This article was written by Emily Peel for  Contax Law. Contax Law supports the Human Rights Blog as an advocacy space for important human rights issues and themes. Emily is a New York-qualified lawyer who has worked on human rights, access to justice, and protection issues in Kosovo, Greece, and the East and Horn of Africa. Photo Credit: Edson Chilundo at https://bit.ly/2KUpQ5e On 25 May[…]

Femicide in Ciudad Juárez

Femicide refers to the systematic killing of women. It is important to preserve this label rather than place it under the umbrella of homicide as it encompasses a very specific type of violence, often of a sexual nature. According to the National Citizens Femicide Observatory, at least six women are targeted and killed every day[…]

Venezuela’s Health Care Crisis

Figure 1: mantlethought.org “Every human being is entitled to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health conducive to living a life in dignity”. The right to health is indispensable for the exercise of other human rights, yet in Venezuela “the country’s devastating economic downturn is ravaging its hospitals”, leading to a severe shortage[…]

The Lethal Injection in the United States

Believed to be a more humane and less expensive method of execution, lethal injection is the practice of killing an individual using a lethal dose of drugs administered intravenously, which involves firstly anaesthetising the individual, followed by a paralytic agent, before stopping the heart. Known as “Carson’s Cocktail”, this “deadly mixture” was devised by a[…]

“Gay conversion therapy” in China: An Abhorrent Practice

“Gay conversion therapy” seeks to alter an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual, premised upon the belief that homosexuality is a disorder which must be cured. The World Psychiatric Association has declared “gay conversion therapy” to be unethical, unscientific and harmful. In 1990 the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders,[…]