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The Right To Health Under The U.N. Convention On The Rights Of The Child

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This chapter presents the right to health under the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) includes health rights as part of the core economic and social rights of children. In doing so, the CRC follows the example of other human rights conventions and declarations the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that recognize the right to health for all individuals. The health-related rights are contained in several articles of the CRC, however the primary source of the "right to health" is found in Article 24, which delineates the child's right to health. Certain state constitutions recognize a right to health care; however as treaties impose obligations on the federal government to implement the provisions of the treaty.

Keywords: child's right; federal law; health care; health rights; human rights



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