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Human Rights

Human Rights were first defined by the international community in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed by the United Nations in December 1948 (
"Human rights are about our basic needs as human beings. They capture the core rights we are all entitled to so that we may develop our potential and live our lives with dignity and respect. Human rights act as a set of minimum legal standards that need to be met if we are to build communities and a wider society based on fairness, dignity and respect." (DH, 2008, p10)


Department of Health (2008) Human Rights in Healthcare. A framework for local action. London: Department of Health,

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Citizenship    Cultural competence    Transcultural Health and Nursing    Transcultural    Transcultural Ethics    Universalism    
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