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Human rights & the election of the next WHO director-general: Public accountability now

18 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Eric A. Friedman, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law
 

I believe that human rights, and the right to health in particular, should be a top priority of and guiding principle for the next WHO Director-General, whom the world’s health ministers will choose at the World Health Assembly in May. Human rights, after all, encompass the values needed to achieve health for all and health justice, such as equity, non-discrimination, universality, participation, and accountability. They are legally binding precepts. Above all, they embrace human dignity, and the utmost respect for all people in health systems and health-related decisions. They embody the notion of people-centered health services.
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