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General resources in health and human rights
Each chapter of this Guide contains topic-specific resources on the health issue covered by that chapter. The following are general resources on health and human rights, divided into the following categories:
* For additional information on UN and Regional conventions as well as Guidelines and interpretations see Appendix.
Guidelines and interpretations
General Human Rights
- Buergenthal, Thomas and Dinah Shelton and David Stewart. International Human Rights in a Nut Shell. West Publishing Company, 1995.
- Cranston M. What are Human Rights? New York: Basic Books, 1973.
- Nussbaum M. Capabilities, Human Rights and the Universal Declaration. In: Weston and Marks. The Future of International Human Rights, Transnational Publishers, 1999.
- Orend B. Human rights—Concept and Context. Broadview Press, 2000.
- Steiner HJ and Alston P. International Human Rights in Context – Law, Politics, Morals. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. Chapters 1, 4 and 11.
- Sen, Amartya, Development as Freedom. Pp.87-100. New York: Anchor Books, 1998.
Health and Human Rights
- Alfredsson, G. and K. Tomasevski. A Thematic Guide to Documents on Health and Human Rights: Global and Regional Standards adopted by Intergovernmental Organizations, International Non-Governmental Organizations and Professional Associations. Martinus Nijoff, 1998.
- Asher, Judith. Right to Health: A Resource Manual. Commonwealth Medical Trust, 2004
- Beyrer, Christopher and Hank Pizer, eds. Public Health and Human Rights: Evidence-Based Approaches. (forthcoming).
- Chapman, Audrey and Sage Russell, eds. Core Obligations: Building a Framework for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Intersentia, 2002.
- Cook, Rebecca J, Bernard Dickens, and Mahmoud Fathalla. Reproductive Health and Human Rights: Integrating Medicine, Ethics, and Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
- Farmer, Paul. Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues. California: University of California Press, 2001.
- Farmer, Paul. Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights and the New War on the Poor. California: University of California Press, 2003.
- Gostin, Lawrence O. Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint. California: University of California Press, 2003.
- Gruskin, Sofia and Michael A. Grodin, George J. Annas, and Stephen P. Marks, eds. Perspectives on Health and Human Rights. Routledge, 2005.
- Mann, Jonathan M. and Sofia Gruskin, Michael A. Grodin, and George J. Annas, eds. Health and Human Rights: A Reader. Routledge, 1999.
- Marks, Stephen. Health and Human Rights: Basic International Documents. Boston: Harvard University Press, 2006.
Key articles, reports, and other documents
- Annas, George J. Human Rights and Health—The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 339 New Eng. J. Med. 1778 (1998).
- Asher, Judith. Right to Health: A Resource Manual for NGOs., 2004
- Beyrer, Chris. Public Health, Human Rights, and the Beneficence of States, Human Rights Review 2004, 5(1) 28-33.
- Burris Scott. “Law as a Structural Factor in the Spread of Communicable Disease.” Houston Law Review 36 (1999): 1756-1786.
- Burris, Scott and Zita Lazzarini and Lawrence O Gostin. “Taking Rights Seriously.” Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 30(2002):490-491.
- Farmer P, Gastineau N. Rethinking Health and Human Rights: Time for a Paradigm Shift. J Law, Med and Ethics (2002) 30:4:655-666.
- Farmer, Paul. Never Again? Reflections on Human Values and Human Rights. Tanner lectures on Human Values. University of Utah: 2005.
- Goodman T. Is There A Right To Health? J. of Medicine and Philosophy, 30:643-662, 2005.
- Gruskin, Sofia and Trantola, Daniel. “Health and Human Rights, paper, to appear as chapter in The Oxford Textbook of Public Health, 4th edition, Detels, McEwan, Beaglehole and Tanaka, eds, (Oxford University Press).
- Human Rights and Health in Prisons: a review of strategy and practice, Penal Reform International and Royal Netherlands Tuberculosis Foundation (2006).
- Human Right to Health Information Sheet 1: Human Right to Health, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.
- Human Right to Health Information Sheet 2: Human Right to Health Care, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.
- Leary, V. “The Right to Health in International Human Rights Law,” Health and Human Rights: An International Journal, 1994, 1(1):24-56.
- London, Leslie. “Human Rights and Public Health: Dichotomies or Synergies in Developing Countries? Examining the Case of HIV in South Africa.” Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 30 (2002): 677-691
- London, Leslie. “Issues of equity are also issues of rights: Lessons from Experiences in Southern Africa,” BMC Public Health 2007, 7:14.
- Mann, Jonathan. Medicine and Public Health, Ethics and Human Rights, Hastings Center Rep., May-June 1997.
- Ngwena, Charles. “The Recognition of Access to Health Care as a Human Right in South Africa: Is It Enough?” Health and Human Rights: An International Journal 5 (1): 26-44 (2000).
- Odinkalu, Chidi Anselm. Analysis of Paralysis or Paralysis by Analysis? Implementing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Human Rights Quarterly 23.2 (2001) 327-369.
- Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Fact Sheet on the Right to Health.
- Potts, Helen. Human Rights Centre. University of Essex. Accountability and the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health. 2008.
- Right to Health Unit, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, UK, Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health, Inter-Regional Conference on Human Rights and Judiciary Systems.
- Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organizations. Our Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health.
- United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health, Initial Report on Sources and Content of the Right to Health, E/CN.4/2003/58.
- United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health, Report on Mission to Uganda, E/CN.4/2006/48/Add.2.
- United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health, Report on Progress and Obstacles to the Health and Human Rights Movement, in addition to Cases on the Right to Health and other Health-Related Rights, A/HRC/4/28.
- World Health Organization. 25 Questions and Answers on Health and Human Rights, Health and Human Rights Publications Series 1 (2002).
- World Health Organization. Fact Sheet on the Right to Health.
- Zuckerman, Barry and Ellen Lawton and Samatra Morton. From Principles to Practice: Moving from Human Rights to Legal Rights to Ensure Child Health.
- Health and Human Rights: An International Journal.
- The Lancet (contains a regular health and human rights section).
- BMC International Health and Human Rights.
- The UN Treaty Body Database includes all general comments, concluding observations, reports, and other documents of the UN human rights system, organized by treaty monitoring body and special procedure.
- The International Human Rights Index also includes the above documents but is searchable by key word, country, and right.
- The University of Minnesota has an excellent database of international human rights documents and information. It is organized simply and clearly and is generally the easiest way to find documents.
- Professor Anne Bayefsky’s website (York University, Toronto, Canada) includes international human rights documents and jurisprudence that are searchable by country, category of document, and theme or subject matter.
- The Global Justice Center maintains a database of domestic and international court decisions that cite to CEDAW or the CEDAW Optional Protocol.
- The European Court of Human Rights maintains a database of decisions.
- Health and Human Rights Info, a project of the International Society for Health and Human Rights, is a searchable database of organizations, manuals, training materials, projects and reports, and articles related to several areas of health and human rights.
- The Harvard School of Public Health has produced a searchable database of syllabi from health and human rights courses around the world.
- The Human Rights Resource Center, part of the University of Minnesota human rights library, contains a range of interactive training packages on human rights.
- The website of Equitas contains a collection of education manuals and resources as well as extensive information and links to Equitas projects and partners.