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Human rights are principles that all humans are entitled to regardless of race, sex, language, religion, opinions or other status (1). These include freedom from discrimination, life, privacy, fair trials, freedom of opinion, freedom from torture, and freedom of religion. Social justice refers to people having fair and equal access to wealth, justice, well-being, and other opportunities in society (2).


Human Rights Social Justice Risk/Pro

Risk and/or Protective Factor

Mental health is a human right, and violations of human rights, like torture and displacement, negatively affect mental health (3). Another important human right includes the right to a system of health protection, health care, treatment, and underlying determinants of health are all critical to mental health.



1.        United Nations. Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Paris: UN General Assembly; 1948.

2.        Investopedia Staff. Social Justice Definition [Internet]. Investopedia. 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 15]. Available from:

3.        Asanbe C, Gaba A, Yang J. Mental health is a human right [Internet]. Psychology International. 2018 [cited 2021 Feb 23]. Available from:


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