PAHO  |  June 9, 2010

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The invocation of international human rights principles, treaties, and standards is evolving as an effective strategy for improving the health of people around the world. We know that human rights violations can have a negative effect on the physical and mental health of individuals. On the other hand, we also know that well-drafted policies, laws, programs, and plans can have a positive impact, paving the way for people, especially vulnerable groups, to exercise their basic human rights and freedoms—including their right to the highest attainable standard of health (“the right to health”)—despite their economic or social conditions.

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