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From: Roger Duthie (rogerd@cceia.org)
Date: Fri Feb 02 2001 - 16:29:39 EST


Human Rights Dialogue, the quarterly publication of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs' Human Rights Initiative, is seeking short essay contributions for its Spring/Summer 2001 issue on health and human rights, a special collaborative project with the François-Xavier Bagnaud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that "everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care*" (Article 25). Yet linking health and human rights is relatively new. Even as recently as a decade ago, it was uncommon to make connections between health issues and human rights. Some efforts to link health and human rights have lowered the barriers between conceptions of human rights perceived as operating at the elite level and in the Global North, and the legitimacy of rights among the general population. Closing this gap between a completely "top-down" process and the embracing of international human rights at the grassroots level has been a central concern of Dialogue. This issue of Dialogue will examine critically to what extent health and human rights can be considered a success story in these terms, and where the discipline may still encounter obs!
cles in the struggle to legitimate human rights, particularly in the experiences of health care professionals themselves.

Human Rights Dialogue seeks essays that feature the perspectives and experiences of local health care practitioners, including doctors, nurses, midwives and public health specialists, policy-makers and human rights activists specifically concerned with health issues and advocacy on behalf of those in need of medical care, both in the U.S. and abroad. The following concerns serve as guidelines for essay submissions:

· In what ways are health care practitioners making use of human rights norms, concepts, and language?
· How has the incorporation of human rights norms changed the field of health over the last 10-15 years?
· What are some of the ways that the efforts to link health and human rights have proved to be effective in promoting the legitimacy of human rights?
· How has the issue of neutrality of health workers been affected by the adaptation of the human rights framework?
· What have been the relations between Western-based health and human rights organizations local groups concerned with health and human rights?
· What is the intersection between local cultural norms and the use of universal human rights norms in the right to health?

Possible areas of focus under the rubric of health and human rights include: HIV/AIDS, TB and other communicable diseases; health care delivery to refugees and civilian populations affected by armed conflict; mental health; health care issues in post-communist countries; environmentally-related illnesses; aging; poverty; forced sterilization and euthanasia; medical testing on humans; and the recognition of health as a human right.

Submissions should be 1000-1300 words and written in English. It should be understood that articles in excess of the stated word length will have to be shortened, due to space constraints.
We seek essays written in an engaging, informal, and testimonial style. We do NOT seek articles that are academic in tone or include footnotes. Contributors are encouraged to use interviews in their essays. Please see http://www.cceia.org/themes/hrd.html for previous issues of Human Rights Dialogue.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 9. Publication in Dialogue is competitive. Authors of selected essays should be prepared to respond to edits and queries on their submissions. An honorarium of $100 is awarded to authors whose work is selected for publication.

We encourage those planning to submit to contact us about their plans for their articles as soon as possible. Interested parties should direct their inquiries to: Jess Messer, jmesser@cceia.org or tel. 212-838-4120 or fax: 212-752-2432.


The Carnegie Council, based in New York City, is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization dedicated to research and education at the intersection of ethics and international affairs. The goal of the Carnegie Council's Human Rights Initiative is to examine the barriers that prevent a broad cross-section of people from embracing and benefiting from human rights, and explore ways to overcome such barriers.

Human Rights Dialogue was introduced in 1993 in conjunction with the Carnegie Council's Human Rights Initiative. A quarterly publication, Dialogue grapples with fundamental human rights dilemmas by featuring the voices of local actors and those who are directly impacted by human rights violations throughout the world. True to its name, Dialogue is a forum for academics, policy makers, practitioners, and others concerned with human rights. Within its pages, they exchange experiences and innovative approaches that address on-going debates. Dialogue's 5000 readers include influential actors and organizations throughout the world. Thousands more access the publication through our website.

Please contact us or consult our website, www.cceia.org for more information.


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