Reflections on 25 Years of Health and Human Rights: History, Context, and the Need for Strategic Action

Health and Human Rights
Volume 22, Issue 1, June 2020
https://www.hhrjournal.org/volume-22-issue-1-june-2020/

 

Special Section: Mental Health and Human Rights
Viewpoints
Reflections on 25 Years of Health and Human Rights: History, Context, and the Need for Strategic Action
Sofia Gruskin
…The crisis of the moment calls for us to be strategic, not just reactive, and to be able to count on one another whatever our past and present differences. Taking a long view, the stakes are just too high. As a first step we need to support publication of efforts in all domains—research, programming, service delivery, and activism—that can help to ensure the health and human rights of all people, and however “sensitive” the issue, do not slide off the table simply because it’s a complicated political moment. We risk losing not only the gains made so far, but attention and support for the very many tough issues at the crux of health and human rights work. We need more than ever to draw attention to all that is happening to undermine health and rights, and collectively determine how to directly take this on wherever we work. This is not simply a matter of academic concern. It tangibly matters for the health and lives of people around the globe. Twenty-five years since its inception, the importance of the Journal, and the space it provides to keep critical issues on the table in academic, policy, and programmatic discussions, has never been greater..