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[afro-nets] Maternal Mortality as Human Rights Issue - UN Resolution
- From: "Claudio Schuftan" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2011 17:03:24 -0800
UN Human Rights Council Maternal Mortality Resolution A/HRC/11/L.16.
By Ebenezer Durojaye
African Human Rights Law Journal Vol. 10. No. 1. pp. 293-308, 2010.
The article examines data in relation to maternal mortality and the causes of death during pregnancy and childbirth. It analyses the United Nations Human Rights Council's Resolution on Maternal Mortality and its importance to the prevention of maternal deaths worldwide. The article argues that, although the Resolution of the Human Rights Council should have come sooner, nonetheless it remains a strong statement by a UN body to the international community, particularly poor regions such as Africa, to take adequate measures to address the causes of maternal deaths.
In aligning itself with the Resolution, the article argues that applying a human rights-based approach to an issue such as maternal mortality is important in the sense that it reminds states of their obligations under international law to respect, protect and fulfill women's rights. It also emphasises the point that access to health care services for women should not be viewed as a privilege, but rather as an important entitlement. Moreover, the article calls on governments of the world, particularly African governments, in line with commitments made at different consensus meetings and fora, to show more political will to meeting the health needs of women by increasing spending on sexual and reproductive health matters. The article concludes by commending the Human Rights Council for this Resolution and expresses the hope that greater attention will be given to the issue of maternal mortality by the international community in regions worst affected, such as Africa