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Social Injustice and Public Health$
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Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171853

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171853.001.0001

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Protecting Human Rights Through International And National Law

Protecting Human Rights Through International And National Law

Social Injustice and Public Health

Peter Weiss

Henry A. Freedman

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the protection of human rights through international and national law. It describes how international and national law can reduce social injustice and provides specific examples of how law has improved social justice. It provides an agenda for action, both internationally and in the United States. The chapter asserts that enforceable economic, social, and cultural rights represent the only sure bulwark against social injustice. It concludes that lawyers must go to court, victims of social injustice must “take to the streets,” and activists must lobby their elected representatives—these are the paths for fighting social injustice and achieving human rights.

Keywords:   social injustice, human rights, international law, national law, advocacy, education, litigation

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