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Implementing Principle 2: The Legal Framework vs. the Reality, Vol. 54

Iain Byrne

27 Oct 2021

The international legal framework mandates that everybody, including all people on the move, should enjoy their right to health without discrimination. However, the reality for refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants during the last 12 months of the pandemic has been very different. This is explored below through discussion of the lived experience of millions of people on the move with respect to their right to health, highlighting the neglected issue of mental health and access to vaccination. . . .

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Iain Byrne is an international human rights lawyer specializing in economic and social rights. Since 2011 he has worked at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International as a Law and Policy Advisor and Researcher in the Economic and Social Justice (ESJ) team. He has also managed a number of Amnesty teams—the ESJ and Refugee and Migrants Rights teams and the Gender, Sexuality and Identity Programme. In all three roles he has managed a range of major research outputs including for Global Campaigns. He is a Special Advisor on Strategic Litigation and has been involved in litigation in both domestic fora and before international and regional bodies including the European Committee of Social Rights, the European Court of Human Rights, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the UN Human Rights Committee and ECOWAS. He is a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex.