Culture as Key to Realising Rights in Times of Crisis: COVID19

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The cultural frameworks into which we are socialised generally shape our worldview, including our taste in music or cuisine, definition of family, and conceptions of illness and wellbeing, their causes and remedies. Recognising this, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights requires States to ensure that rights to food, water, housing, and health be realised in ‘culturally appropriate’ ways. This is an obligation on all States parties to the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. I argue here that while a culturally sensitive approach to human rights implementation is important at all times, it is all the more imperative in a crisis.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherOpinio Juris
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2021


  • culture
  • human rights
  • international law
  • covid19
  • health


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