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Focus On Core Obligations

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CESCR General Comment 14 asserts that all states have immediate obligations, including minimum core obligations. Core obligations are intended to ensure that people are provided with, at the very least, the minimum conditions under which they can live in dignity; enjoy the basic living conditions needed to support their health; and be free from avoidable mortality. Monitoring core obligations is particularly important in developing countries, where basic resources and infrastructures (upon which realization of the right to health depends) are often inadequate and sometimes do not even exist. A human rights approach is based on the inherent dignity of all individuals, on people's entitlements, and on corresponding state obligations.

Keywords: CESCR General Comment 14; core obligations



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