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Suffering and Bioethics$
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Ronald M. Green and Nathan J. Palpant

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926176

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926176.001.0001

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Human Rights and the Moral Obligation to Alleviate Suffering

Human Rights and the Moral Obligation to Alleviate Suffering

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(p.182) 9 Human Rights and the Moral Obligation to Alleviate Suffering
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Suffering and Bioethics
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Roberto Andorno

Cristiana Baffone

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926176.003.0009

The overall argument of this chapter is that human rights norms are primarily focused on preventing the worst forms of human suffering, even if they only concern a small portion of the population. This task has moral priority over the promotion of the maximum well-being of the majority of people. Starting from the assumption that there is a moral duty to prevent suffering, this chapter first argues that the entire human rights enterprise can be regarded as a social response to suffering; second, it claims that although suffering is not the foundation of human rights, it is a factor that crucially contributes to their recognition and effective protection; finally, it analyzes how three concrete forms of extreme human suffering are addressed by human rights instruments: torture, starvation, and terminal illness.

Keywords:   suffering, international law, human rights, torture, starvation, terminal illness

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