Health and Human Rights

Paul Farmer’s final chapter discusses how health care is an economic and human right, and that HIV/AIDS has become a major catalyst to the modern health and human rights movement. A group of displaced people in Haiti become infected with the virus after working as prisoners in Port Au Prince, unfortunately,  individual suffering is ignored when attention is only given to what will gain one more power. Paul Farmer describes that healthcare should be treated as a Human Right and should be addressed through the integration of treatment and prevention.

Without attention paid towards human rights, many cultural minority groups have the possibility of becoming victims of genocide. Many incidences, such as the Native America genocide, Nazi Imperialism, Aboriginal genocide and more did not focus on the human rights and unforgiving power structure against the minority, exoticizing them as sub-humans.

The director of the Genocide and Human Rights University program discusses a course in which one can take to educate themselves and be more aware of the social aspects that lead to genocide, and how we can prevent it. It will help one discuss the psychological effects for the survivors and how we can understand the framework of it to save millions of other lives.


2 responses

  1. gslldhernandez

    I didn’t even know there was such a thing as genocide studies, but that really sounds like a great way to get the information out there. Before this class I didn’t know much about genocides or that there have been so many, and I definitely think that awareness is the first step in prevention.

    March 15, 2012 at 4:34 am

  2. I think it’s really awesome that there exists an opportunity out there to study genocide as sa course. It would be something that I would definitely be interested in learning more about. Aside from that, however, I agree that many populations are at risk of being involved in a genocide if something is not done about human healthcare rights. In human rights, I think exoticization is an ever-existing concept, and certain groups get limited access to healthcare because they are not seen as fully human or are just put in a different category all together, seen as not worth of the available treatment. This can be seen from the Russian prisoners mentioned at the beginning of this chapter.

    March 15, 2012 at 6:31 am

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