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Tools For Monitoring II: Identifying Violations

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Bringing individual violations to the attention of the public can help change perceptions about entitlements to rights and mobilize public opinion to influence the government to change its policies and redefine its priorities. This chapter presents examples of violations of the obligations to respect, to protect and to fulfil the right to health. Violations of human rights occur when a government fails to comply with its legal duties under international, regional and/or national law. Violations are always linked to specific obligations. The chapter deals with the various types of obligations and gives examples of some of the most common ways in which governments violate them. It also indicates where the need to promote and to facilitate change is most urgent. In keeping with CESCR General Comment 14, the examples are classified as violations of a government's immediate obligations to respect, to protect and to fulfil the right to health.

Keywords: CESCR General Comment 14; common violations; human rights; right to health; specific violations



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