Judicial adherence to the minimum core obligation of a right to health in Bangladesh

a critical review

Sheikh Mohammad Towhidul Karim, Shawkat Alam, George Tomossy, Abdullah Al Faruque

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This article examines how a right to health, expressed as a minimum core obligation under international law, can be advanced within the constitutional framework of Bangladesh. Reinforcing this right is important within the post-2015 Development Agenda under the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Drawing upon examples of other jurisdictions to develop minimum core obligations of a right to health, it is argued that courts have a key role to play in actively enforcing a right to health to benefit poor, vulnerable and marginalised people. This article proposes that judicial adherence, through interpretation of domestic and international law, may provide the best mechanism to promote a right to health as a minimum core obligation in Bangladesh.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131–158
Number of pages28
JournalAsia Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


  • constitutional law
  • public health
  • right to health
  • minimum core obligations
  • judicial adherence
  • Bangladesh

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