4008.0 Accountability Mechanisms and Human Rights

Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Accountability for compliance with norms of social justice remains an enduring barrier to its achievement, especially given power differential between those seeking justice and those in a position to meet its aims. Human rights principles provide a substantive and procedural framework for assessing compliance with central norms of social justice and human rights organizations have gained experience in practical strategies for achieving accountability. This session explores, though a variety of case studies, how human rights principles and strategies can be employed to achieve social justice. It covers both the human rights principles themselves and methods by which to hold governments accountable, including community engagement, documentation of violations, advocacy with officials, and litigation.
Session Objectives: The learning objectives for this session include: 1) As a result of this presentation participants will be will be explain how human rights is a tool to monitor government action in health and provide a means of accountability. 2) As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to describe a social accountability mechanisms in the context of improving health care in detention facilities for immigrants. 3) Analyze the pathways through which international human rights standards are translated into national human right litigation. 4) Identify the subject matter of litigation claims at the intersection of health and human rights; 5) Assess how researchers have compiled and categorized health and human rights litigation throughout the world; and 6) Describe the major applications of a health and human rights database to advancing rights-based public health policy.

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Organized by: APHA-International Human Rights Committee
Endorsed by: HIV/AIDS

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)