This page contains links regarding health rights.

Health and Human Rights Group: The Right to Health: An Introduction

This 18 page working paper defines the right to health and examines what it means in practice. It outlines current issues that are being examined through a right to health perspective including recent developments. You can access it here.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 25 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.” You can read it here.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Right to Health

This 52 page factsheet contains a comprehensive look at the right to health set out by the UN and the obligations placed on others and states to fulfil the duties this right creates. You can read it here.

Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand: Health

Te Ara provides a wealth of information on health in NZ, with individual pages on mental health, health and society, public health, the history of Maori health, and many more. You can see the full array of topic pages here.

NZ Population Health Congress: Climate change threatens right to health for Māori

This press release argues that Māori health is being compromised by global climate change. You can read the full item here.

Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand: Right to Health Proceedings of the Health and Human Rights Workshops Wellington and Auckland New Zealand February 2012

This 46 page document covers the Health and Human Rights workshop’s key speakers addresses and includes NZ cases studies that are examined under a right to health framework. It is available here.


Health and Disablility Comissioner

Medical Council of New Zealand

Ministry of Health

Health Research Council of New Zealand

World Health Organisation

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