Health & Human Rights Resources

Social Protection and Human Rights Platform

Capture-social-protection-and-human-rightsThe Social Protection and Human Rights platform promotes awareness of human rights based approaches to social protection. Its aim is to encourage critical thinking about current systems of social protection and to help bridge gaps between policy and practice. Established in 2013, the platform is an initiative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Founding partners are Magdalena Sepulveda, a former UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). Harvard FXB policy director Alicia Yamin serves as a member of the platform’s advisory group. The platform’s brand new website offers a rich set of resources for those interested in social protections as well as human rights. (June 2015)

Health and Human Rights Resource Guide

hhrHarvard FXB, by invitation from Open Society Foundations (OSF), has developed the 5th edition of the Health and Human Rights Resource Guide. The Resource Guide has been designed to be a user-friendly, multi-purpose tool in advocating for health and human rights with a wide array of users, including health workers, trainers, program designers, litigators, and policymakers. The Resource Guide covers basic concepts in health and human rights. The introduction provides a primer on the right to health and human rights, and the nine chapters each focus on a different health issue or marginalized or vulnerable population. The updated Resource Guide aims to serve as a useful tool for those working to defend and secure human rights. The Resource Guide is free and available both online and for download. The Resource Guide was originally published in 2014. During the summer of 2017, a new chapter on access to medicine as a human right was added.