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Mental Disability and the Human Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health

Hunt, Paul and Bueno De Mesquita, Judith (2006) 'Mental Disability and the Human Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health.' Human Rights Quarterly, 28 (2). pp. 332-356. ISSN 0275-0392


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In the majority of countries, the right to health of persons with mental disabilities has been grossly neglected. Necessary healthcare and support services are frequently unavailable or inaccessible, while human rights abuses are often pervasive within services where they do exist. This article explores the right to health as it relates to persons with mental disabilities. It develops an analytical framework for the right to health, derived from General Comment 14 on the right to health of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and it applies this framework in the context of mental disabilities. Despite progress in developing appropriate services, additional policy and legislative initiatives are a prerequisite for the realization of the right to health for persons with mental disabilities. A human rights approach, including participation, autonomy, dignity, inclusion, monitoring, and accountability, should guide all relevant actions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JX International law
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2015 14:06
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:16

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