2006 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health
Analysis of precedential value
The special rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health is a human rights expert mandated to report and advise on this human right. This mandate was created by the Commission on Human Rights in April 2002 and has been periodically renewed since. This report constitutes an authoritative source of expert precedent for the meaning and significance of key language. The incumbent at the time of this report’s release was Paul Hunt (Britain/New Zealand).
Used as precedent
“The right to the highest attainable standard of health entitles women to services in connection with pregnancy and the post-natal period, and to other services and information on sexual and reproductive health. These entitlements encompass the key technical interventions for the prevention of maternal mortality, including access to a skilled birth attendant, emergency obstetric care, education and information on sexual and reproductive health, safe abortion services where not against the law, and other sexual and reproductive health-care services.” (paragraph ii(a)(13))
“It is also vital to address social, cultural, political and legal factors which influence women’s decisions to seek maternal or other reproductive health-care services. This may require addressing discriminatory laws, policies, practices and gender inequalities that prevent women and adolescents from seeking good quality services.” (paragraph ii(a)(17)(c))