Health Must Be Treated As Fundamental Human Right

The Lancet: Don’t forget health when you talk about human rights
Editorial Board

“Last week, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released World Report 2015, their 25th annual global review documenting human rights practices in more than 90 countries and territories in 2014. … Viewed through the lens of health, the report contains several compelling and disturbing themes. … This latest HRW report is an important call to arms to protect health as a fundamental human right. It is a pity that HRW did not identify health as a core element in its analysis, not only as part of a comprehensive package of human rights protections but also as a necessary component of resilient human security. Their analysis should prompt all governments and international health organizations to reflect carefully on their actions to make health a core responsibility and right of all citizens” (2/7).