lisa monaghan

Pavlish and Ho (2009). Displaced Persons' Perceptions of Human Rights in Southern Sudan

In recent years, the conception of human rights has become increasingly important as a framework for advancing more equitable development and improving health outcomes. However, despite more universal acceptance of human rights, multiple violations persist (Donnelly 2007; Uvin 2004), particularly in conflict-affected areas. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR 2008), conflict, war, persecution and forced displacement have increased since the early 1990s, posing additional concerns for human rights violations. Women and girls are especially affected because of their status in society. Profoundly influencing women’s health, gender-based violence such as rape, forced impregnation, trafficking, sexual slavery and the intentional spread of sexually transmitted infections including HIV often accompanies contemporary armed conflict (UNHCR 2008). Even in situations without armed conflict, women and girls suffer discrimination, violence and oppression – all of which violate women’s rights to life, health and opportunities (Nussbaum 2005; United Nations 2006)....

Category: Human Rights and Protection

Sub-category: Displacement and Protection of Civilian Sites