Wait! Isn’t Health a Human Right?
“The United States is the only wealthy, industrialized nation that does not have a universal health care system.” Wait! Isn’t health a human right?
If The Universal Declaration of Human Rights - a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 1948 - reads on its Article 25 that,
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
is it “united” we stand?
If this declaration wanted to establish an agreed-on foundation of universal moral imperatives regarding human rights and justice, we need to revisit our relative stand on what we think is moral, what becomes imperative, what we consider a right, and what we define as justice.
And even when we acknowledge that conceptions of what are human rights and what is moral vary significantly across cultures, that making normative judgments around certain cultural practices can be ethnocentric, and that a universal declaration could justify sanctions against a society acting within its own boundaries of a moral system, we feel that health as a human right rises beyond these concerns.
Actually, what we come to realize is that moral detachment in the face of inequality is not neutral. And is anything but right. Instead, it tolerates what every one of us fears so much: being left alone in the world. That’s why I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.