“Human Rights Approach to Public Health Policy,” in the International Encyclopedia of Public Health (Vol 3.)

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Health and human rights, individually, occupy a privileged place in human aspirations, public discourse, and political debates. Yet, the joining of these two intertwined concepts, sets of principles, and desired outcomes has only occurred in the past decade. This article highlights some of the significant factors that have given rise to the use of health and human rights concepts in health policy. It summarily defines human rights and some of the mechanisms and instruments relevant to their interpretation and monitoring. It then suggests how a health and human rights approach has been applied to public health policy, proposing that human rights concepts are relevant to the development, processes, impacts, and outcomes of all policies with relevance to health.

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Editors: Kris Heggenhougen (Editor-in-Chief), Stella Quah (Associated Editor-in-Chief)
 Daniel Tarantola, Sofia Gruskin
Published By: Academic Press
Date: September 12, 2008
Publication Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780123739605002355

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