Rethinking Human Rights by Kristina Bruno
In the last chapter of Paul Farmer’s “Pathologies of Power,” Rethinking Health and Human Rights, Paul Farmer suggests a new agenda for addressing human rights and its relationship to health. His suggestions include making health and healing a symbolic core of the agenda, making provision of services central to the agenda, establishing new research agendas, assuming a broader educational mandate, achieving independence from powerful governments and Bureaucrats, and securing more resources for health and human rights. Farmer ends his book with a powerful quote: “it is time to take health rights as seriously as other rights. Intellectual recognition is only a necessary first step towards pragmatic solidarity, that is, taking a stand towards taking a stand by the side of those who suffer most from an increasingly harsh “new world order” (Farmer 246).
This book calls not only for education and recognition of the violations of human rights, especially in regards to one’s health, but also for us all to use that knowledge and act upon it to help those in need. There are people all over the world with both physical and mental health problems and deserve to be addressed. The structural violence that is hiding the causes behind these terrible conditions needs to be made visible. We all have the power to be a part of this revelation.
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