UN Special Rapporteur expresses concern regarding criminalisation of reproductive health services in Ireland
Abortion must be decriminalised and made safely available to women where continuing the pregnancy would put their health at risk, the UN Rapporteur on the Right to Health has warned.
Anand Grover, speaking in Dublin today, also said the the mother’s right to life was “more important than the right to life of an unborn whose life is conditional on a safe delivery”.
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UN rights envoy urges Japan to do more to protect health of nuclear crisis-hit residents
Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, said Monday that Japan has over-emphasized optimistic views of radiation risks and conducted limited health checks after a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant caused by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
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The lawyer who fought the 377 law and won: Anand Grover
“Indira [Jaisingh] said I’d gone mad,” says Grover, recalling his wife and colleague’s rebukes in the period between 1993 and 1997 when he was doing up to four HIV-related cases per month pro bono.
LawyersCollective_Anand-grover_thSpurred by the heady idealism and harsh realities of India’s national emergency in the late 70s, Grover (pictured) and Indira Jaisingh founded The Lawyers Collective in 1981 to help the marginalised and poor. In the same year Grover began studying to become a lawyer after completing a biochemistry degree in England ten years earlier.
Anand Grover: leading the defence of human rights
Prejudices can run deep, and fears instilled in childhood can be hard to shake, as Anand Grover, trailblazing human rights lawyer and UN Special Rapporteur for the right to health, knows only too well. Grover has fought for the rights of marginalised communities all his life. But he remains searingly honest about the judgmental thoughts that have sometimes sprung, unbidden, to his mind. Once, he recounts, he was having dinner with sex workers whose rights he had been championing; when they asked him to dance, he panicked momentarily about “being seen dancing with prostitutes”. This is why experiential knowledge is as important as abstract knowledge, for lawyers and doctors alike, he says. “You need to be able to connect with people, body and soul.”