25 Questions and Answers on Health and Human Rights

Summary: Also available in French and Spanish.

The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health as a
fundamental right of every human being was enshrined in
WHO’s Constitution over fifty years ago. WHO strives to make this right a
reality for everyone, paying particular attention to the poorest and most

The human rights discourse provides a framework as well as a useful
guide for analysis and action. The United Nations human rights
mechanisms provide important avenues towards increasing accountability
for health.

Attention to human rights is growing worldwide. WHO is actively
engaged in increasing its understanding of human rights in relation
to health. WHO is learning from other United Nations agencies, the
international community and other stakeholders.

It is in this context that WHO has launched the Health and Human
Rights Publication Series. Owner: World Health Organisation (WHO)pdf: www.who.int/hhr/en/NEW37871OMSOK.pdf



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