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Denial of Pain Treatment and the Prohibition of Torture, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Published in: INTERIGHTS Bulletin


According to the World Health Organization, 'most, if not all, pain due to cancer could be relieved if we implemented existing medical knowledge and treatments.' The failure of governments in many countries to ensure the adequate availability of pain treatment services clearly raises questions of whether these countries live up to their obligations under the right to health, which requires states to ensure the availability and accessibility of health services, including, of course, treatment for pain.

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