Palliative care as an international human right

J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007 May;33(5):494-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2007.02.022.


There are major disparities in the provision of palliative care around the world. In recent years, a statement of advocacy and objective has been repeatedly articulated that the provision of palliative care is a human right. This article examines the foundation for this assertion in the context of international human rights law. The strengths and weaknesses of this assertion are examined. The nature of both the right and, correlatively, the obligation on individual governments is discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / ethics
  • Human Rights*
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care / ethics*
  • World Health Organization