Human rights discourse has greatly influenced advocacy for justice in public health. Yet, beyond rhetorical claims, how can we employ human rights to achieve the aspiration of health with justice? Without human rights education to support public health practice, human rights have become a shibboleth of public health—raised frequently to signal devotion to justice, but employed rarely in policy, programming, or practice. As advocates respond to the public health injustices of populist nationalism during an unprecedented pandemic, human rights education must be an essential foundation to hold governments accountable for implementing rights to safeguard public health.
Lancet Public Health, published online, August 19, 2020, at 1-2.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Gostin, Lawrence O.; Daniely, Tamira; Huffstetler, Hanna E.; Williams, Caitlin R.; and Meier, Benjamin Mason, "The Shibboleth of Human Rights in Public Health" (2020). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 2306.