Author Archives: Joseph J. Amon

About Joseph J. Amon

JOSEPH J. AMON, PhD MSPH, is a human rights activist, scholar and teacher. Trained in molecular parasitology, Joe has worked for a range of governmental and non-governmental organizations. During his ten year tenure at Human Rights Watch he founded programs on health, disability and the environment. He has held visiting or adjunct academic appointments with Paris School of International Affairs (SciencesPo), Princeton, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins Universities and is currently the role of Director of Global Health and Professor in the department of Community Health and Prevention at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.

The Right to Remedies: On Human Rights Critiques and Peoples’ Recourses

This post is part of a symposium on Amy Kapczynski’s essay “The Right to Medicines in an Age of Neoliberalism.” All contributions to the symposium can be found here. Across the Americas, peoples (let’s keep them multiple) live in exhausted worlds. Worlds on the edge of autocracy, of financial collapse, of infrastructural breakdown and environmental tipping points—mediated by extreme populism and state and corporate efforts to dismantle piecemeal, though meaningful, agendas of socioeconomic rights. Violence and deadly health disparities are persistent realities that, time and Continue reading →