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Human Rights in Global HealthRights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World$
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Benjamin Mason Meier and Lawrence O. Gostin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190672676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190672676.001.0001

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The Future of Human Rights Accountability for Global Health through the Universal Periodic Review

The Future of Human Rights Accountability for Global Health through the Universal Periodic Review

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(p.537) 24 The Future of Human Rights Accountability for Global Health through the Universal Periodic Review
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Human Rights in Global Health
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Judith R. Bueno de Mesquita

Connor Fuchs

Dabney P. Evans

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190672676.003.0025

This chapter examines the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a new peer-review procedure that provides scrutiny of each UN member state’s human rights record every five years. The review process culminates in a set of recommendations issued to each “State-under-Review” (SuR). The UPR provides an unprecedented opportunity to routinely hold all states to account for their obligations under international human rights law, including health-related human rights. Health recommendations have featured prominently in the recommendations issued to SuRs and have a comparatively high implementation rate. Empirical data indicate that the UPR could have a potentially, or already, important role in holding states to account for health-related human rights as well as political global health commitments, such as those found in the Sustainable Development Goals. However, certain shortcomings should be addressed, including an uneven spread of recommendations across different health issues and limited engagement of the public health community.

Keywords:   accountability, Universal Periodic Review, health-related rights, economic rights, social rights, cultural rights, Human Rights Council

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