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Human Rights

  • By: Mohan Jyoti Dutta
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

In understanding health as a human right, the key argument that drives theorizing, research, and practice is that individuals and collectives ought to have specific rights in the context of their health. What are the interpretive frames through which people come to understand human rights, and how are issues of human rights framed to catalyze social and political action? In discussing health as a human right, health communicators seek to understand the violations of fundamental human rights to life amid explicit forms of violence, such as torture, state-sponsored murder, warfare, technologically mediated assault such as drone attacks, state-sponsored interrogation techniques, and rape, which threaten health directly by acting on the body. In these forms of violence, the violation of health as a human right becomes ...

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