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International Human Rights Law

International Human Rights Law (9th edn)

Rhona K. M. Smith
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date: 22 March 2023

p. 21012. Rights for specific vulnerable personslocked

p. 21012. Rights for specific vulnerable personslocked

  • Rhona K. M. SmithRhona K. M. SmithProfessor of International Human Rights and Head of Law School, Newcastle University


This chapter examines human rights protection for six specific groups: women, children, elderly, internally displaced persons, stateless persons, and refugees. It first explains why group rights evolved in a system of human rights that, from the outset, was supposed to be universal and then discusses the particular needs of these groups, the evolving international and regional human rights framework, and the extent to which the legal framework addresses the needs of the group in question.

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