Sexual and reproductive health rights: Trump’s decree and the Dutch response

2 February 2017

This contribution argues that the Trump decree to end US financial support for health organisations which provide information about sexual and reproductive health rights is contrary to human rights. The response by the Dutch government is more in line with human rights.

Fons Coomans

Prof Fons Coomans holds the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Peace at the Department of International and European Law at the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University. He is the Director of the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights, and a member of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research. His fields of research include the international protection of economic, social and cultural rights, the right to education, health and food in particular, the extraterritorial scope of human rights law, and international supervisory mechanisms in the field of human rights. He teaches Master courses on international human rights law and on human development and human rights at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University. He is a founding member of the Consortium on Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations and member of the Dutch Section of the International Commission of Jurists (NJCM). He is also a visiting professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is an advisor to Food First Information Action Network (FIAN) and the Right to Education Initiative and a consultant for UNESCO. Since 2017 he is a founding member of the Human Rights of Future Generations Initiative.