Displaced persons' perceptions of human rights in Southern Sudan
Article first published online: 9 NOV 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 International Council of Nurses
International Nursing Review
Volume 56, Issue 4, pages 416–425, December 2009
How to Cite
Pavlish, C. and Ho, A. (2009), Displaced persons' perceptions of human rights in Southern Sudan. International Nursing Review, 56: 416–425. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2009.00739.x
- Issue published online: 9 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 9 NOV 2009
- Displaced Persons;
- Gender-based Violence;
- Human Rights;
Background: A human rights framework has become more important in advancing equitable health and development opportunities. However, in post-conflict settings, human rights violations persist. Women and girls are especially vulnerable to discrimination and violence.
Aim: To deepen understanding about the social context that influences human rights experiences and gender relationships in a post conflict setting.
Methods: Focus groups and key informant interviews were conducted in an ethnographic study among displaced persons, government officials and community-based organizations in Southern Sudan.
Findings: Participants defined human rights as the right to good governance, self-determination and participation in society's development, security and equality. Human rights violations included discrimination, insecurity and inadequate health and development opportunities. Education, language and geographic location influenced human rights perspectives. Some social groups were at higher risk for human rights violations.
Conclusions: Community perspectives on human rights indicated complex connections between obligations, claims, conditions and social relationships. Nurses can create conditions that advance people's human rights and improve their health.