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Human rights are “the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled”.

Examples of rights and freedoms which are often thought of as human rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to life, liberty, and property, freedom of expression, pursuit of happiness and equality before the law; and social, cultural and economic rights, including the right to participate in science and culture, the right to work, and the right to education.

Human rights are protected by legal mechanisms which are attached to policies in every country, with varying levels of implementation of the law.

All humans are born with human rights and they cannot be removed, regardless of the status of implementation in their country.

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70% of available COVID vaccines in 2021 have been pre-ordered

Currently, 16% of the global population have pre-ordered 70% of available COVID vaccines in 2021 - a group of virus experts now warn that COVID will keep evolving unless low income countries can access vaccines.
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How will everyone benefit if WTO members sign the TRIPS COVID-19 waiver?

Rachel Thrasher, Research Fellow at the Global Development Policy Center in Boston, explains how the TRIPS COVID-19 waiver rejected by the WTO could ramp up global vaccine production.
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Scientists suggest that former President Trump caused 461,000 excess deaths

The Lancet report is out today (11 February), which suggests that former President Trump's policymaking created an excess of "461,100 deaths" - before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States.
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ICE enforcement keeps immigrant mothers from prenatal care

According to research by Duke University, immigrant mothers are increasingly worried about attending prenatal care appointments due to the possibility of a surprise ICE visit - seen in a significant decline in birthweight.
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Israel will give Palestinian doctors their first 5,000 vaccines

Israel has agreed to give the first 5,000 vaccine doses to Palestinian medical workers - but only if they live in annexed east Jerusalem, while the West Bank and Gaza remain without vaccines.
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Indian farmers continue to protest controversial agricultural reforms 

Prime Minister Modi cut the internet in many districts where Indian farmers continue to protest agricultural reforms, which would enable corporate takeovers of small farms while lowering crop value.
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Holocaust survivors show researchers the lifelong impact of trauma

With eyewitness awareness of how six million Jewish people lost their lives, aging Holocaust survivors have carried an impossible burden - now, researchers are attempting to document the lifelong impact of trauma.
twitter whistleblowers, pandemic

Twitter whistleblowers discussed COVID-19, one month before Government declaration

Researchers are looking into Twitter whistle-blowers who raised concerns about suspicious 'pneumonia' cases, one month before the Chinese Government announced the existence of COVID-19.
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When COVID-19 hits a community that survived genocide

Nishat had a conversation with founder of The Lotus Flower, Taban Shoresh, who started this organisation after surviving ISIS in her homeland of Kurdistan, Iraq.
abortion pill access, abortion

US Supreme Court makes abortion pill access more difficult

The Trump administration issued a request to the Supreme Court for abortion pill access to undergo restrictions - meaning that patients will have to pickup the drug in person, during the COVID-19 crisis.
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UK Government taken to court over abortion services in Northern Ireland

A Northern Irish human rights group are taking the UK Government to court, for failing to enforce abortion services in Northern Ireland after the pandemic - one year after abortion was legalised.
latinx workers, unidos en salud

Community initiative delivers 14,000 COVID-19 tests to Latinx workers

Unidos En Salud organisers have now provided COVID-19 testing to 14,000 people, targeting Latinx workers - one of the most hard-hit communities in San Francisco.
brain structure, the neuro

New research shows how loneliness impacts brain structure

In a year of COVID-19-related death and worry, loneliness has been an accompanying sensation, constant and stubborn - now, scientists believe they know how loneliness changes brain structure.
migrants with disabilities, mental health problems

How can Europe protect migrants with disabilities and mental health problems?

Mental Health Europe point out that the New Pact on Migration and Asylum leaves behind migrants with disabilities and mental health problems, suggesting how this oversight could be resolved.
international politics, racism

Racism’s impact on International Politics can no longer be ignored

Sarah Coolican, Project Coordinator, explains how the new Racism and International Politics programme at LSE IDEAS hopes to facilitate urgent, ongoing conversations of global racial disparity.
disparities in STEM, racial

New data examines the racial disparities in STEM education

The University of Illinois found that disparities in STEM could be linked to student experiences of racial microaggressions, making it difficult to continue a STEM education.
police militarisation, black lives matter

Research shows that police militarisation does not reduce crime

In the 2020 summer of Black Lives Matter protests, police militarisation was everywhere, with tanks rolling in the streets, officers dressed in full combat gear and armed with automatic weaponry - the question is, does it help to control crime?
COVID-19 technologies, government

COVID-19 technologies need greater scrutiny before being rolled out

Dr Jeremy Aroles explores the implications of COVID-19 technologies, and proposes three ways to ensure that these powers can't be abused by the Government.
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Amazon continues to ignore worker’s rights for Black Friday

Amnesty International released an investigative report into the company's treatment of workers in the US, France, Poland and the UK - finding violations of worker's rights for Black Friday and beyond.
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Second wave of COVID in Myanmar takes poverty level to 62%

The impact of COVID in Myanmar can be measured in the vindictively fast onset of poverty - with one third of households earning no money for the month.

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