June 08, 2010
Researchers have reported the first significant drop in maternal mortality in decades. However, Mary Robinson, on NPR's 'Talk of the Nation', warns it's far too soon to celebrate. Each year, hundreds of thousands of women around the world die during pregnancy and childbirth, the great majority in developing countries, where complications from pregnancy are all too often endemic.
A special panel set up by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), published a study in February 2009 warning that measures introduced to fight terrorism - such as torture and secret detention - have undermined international law. Their findings were presented at the start of a series of meetings in Europe and the United States to call for international action to restore laws on war and human rights around the world. The panel's president, Mary Robinson, says the undermining of rule of law was "pervasive"
In an interview on WHYY-FM's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, Mary Robinson covered a range of topics including the situation in Darfur, migration as the human face of globalization, human rights responsibilities of corporations, the situation in Iraq, and how the area of human rights matters in an age of terrorism.