Doctors should study human rights

Doctors should study human rights

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Every spring for the past three years, I have posed a question to the small group of first-year medical students who signed up for my Health and Human Rights course: “Who here has heard of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?” It’s an elective course, so the students are motivated. Of the 10 or 15…

Human Rights in the Social Studies

Human Rights in the Social Studies

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I have found human rights to be a good lens through which to examine virtually every issue in the social studies. Yet, where are human rights taught? Almost exclusively as part of Holocaust education or in the foreign affairs unit of a government course. This is not enough. We need to teach our students the…

What are Human Rights?

What are Human Rights?

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Human rights, as defined by the UDHR, are universal rights that all human beings possess. Human rights are often divided into two general categories: political and civil rights, which the U.S. Bill of Rights addresses so well; and social and economic rights, which our Constitution addresses not at all. Human rights can be violated by…