An introduction to health rights as they apply in a global landscape

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Abstract

The possession of rights has long been a hallmark of citizenship. From the time of Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates, there has been a shift to recognising that the state assumes responsibility for the protection of some of the rights of its citizens. The preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) recognises ‘the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world’ and 'it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law'. In the international context, rights are provided for under international treaties, such as the UDHR and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), as well as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), inter alia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Global Health Rights
EditorsClayton O'Neill, Charles Foster, Jonathan Herring, John Tingle
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978042929702
ISBN (Print)9780367276393
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2021

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