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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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Overview of Human Rights: The UN Conventions and Machinery

Overview of Human Rights: The UN Conventions and Machinery

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(p.439) 66 Overview of Human Rights: The UN Conventions and Machinery
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Handbook of International Social Work
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Joseph Wronka

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0066

The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) has called social work a “human rights profession, having as its basic tenet the intrinsic value of every human being.” The United States National Association of Social Workers (NASW) “endorses the fundamental principles set forth in human rights documents of the United Nations.... [And that] human rights be adopted as a foundation[al] principle upon which all of social work theory and applied knowledge rests.” Countries of the European and African Union, moreover, have developed laws and policies with guidance from human rights documents. This chapter discusses the emergence of human rights from the ashes of World War II, the human rights triptych, implementation of human rights principles, and relevance of human rights principles to social work theory and practice.

Keywords:   human rights, social work practice, United Nations, IFSW, human rights documents

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