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UCLA: U.S. Protections for Constitutional Rights Falling Behind Global Peers

New research from the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (WORLD) shows that the United States is falling behind its global peers when it comes to guarantees for key constitutional rights. Researchers identified key gaps in the U.S. including guarantees of the right to health, gender equality, and rights for persons with disabilities.

While the analysis of all 193 United Nations member states’ constitutions shows considerable global expansion of protections over the past 50 years, constitutional gaps remain that leave millions vulnerable and without core human rights protections amidst a political environment marked by increased hate speech, discrimination, and divisive rhetoric.

“The new decade begins with clear constitutional gaps that place the United States in a global minority for failing to provide constitutional protections for a right to health care or gender equality,” said Dr. Jody Heymann, founding director of WORLD and distinguished professor of public health, public policy, and medicine at UCLA. “And major global gaps remain in the U.S. and elsewhere when it comes to ensuring rights for people with disabilities, migrants, and members of the LGBT community.”

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