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Amnesty International’s Annual Report Shows Right To Health ‘Must Be Addressed By The Global Community’

The Lancet: Health — an explicit human right
Editorial Board

“Set against the backdrop of unprecedented and worldwide migration, recurring themes [of Amnesty International’s annual report for 2015] include access to health services, the effects of conflict on health, women and children’s health, sexual rights, and the denial of health care in prisons. In this comprehensive review of human rights in 160 countries, health is an explicit and constant underlying thread. … [A]s Salil Shetty states in the report foreword, ‘…protecting and strengthening systems of human rights and civilian protection cannot be seen as optional. It is literally a matter of life and death.’ In reviewing the state of the world’s human rights in 2015, it is clear that denial of the fundamental right to health is an urgent and recurring theme that must be addressed by the global community” (3/5).

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