It is critical that Integrated Health Professionals (IHPs) understand what the human rights are and that they consciously act to uphold them. In this essay I will outline a personal experience where human rights were violated and will draw on my thoughts, feelings and behaviours in response to this incident.
Human Rights, the Bill of Rights and the Patients’ Rights Charter:
Human Rights are the fundamental claims that you everyone is entitled to because they are human. They serve to satisfy the basic needs of each individual and encompass how everyone deserves to be treated as humans. Human rights are applicable universally irrespective of your nationality or culture and aim to protect those ...view middle of the document...
It is a framework which incorporates the rights of patients and their responsibilities specific to healthcare. It is aimed at realising access to health care which is a human right. The Patients’ Rights Charter provides guidelines to be followed by health care professionals in providing health care as well as responsibilities which patients themselves should follow. It is all aimed at ensuring that the human rights of each patient are not violated but rather protected and encouraged.
As I reflect on human rights and their importance for every single individual I am reminded of an incident which my mother has spoken about. It is an experience which violated her human rights and left her in shock and feeling diminished.
As I come to understand human rights and how the play an influential role in our lives, I am reminded of an experience that my mother shared with me. When my mom was pregnant she came home one afternoon from church to find that our house had been broken into. Three armed men had broken the security gate on the front door and smashed two windows. They entered the house, clearly damaging the property and turned the house upside down, throwing clothing, furniture and many other items all over the floor as they tried to look for valuables which they stole. The only person home at the time of the incident was the domestic worker, Maria, who had been tied up and brutally hurt. The men must have been watching outside, waiting for my mother to leave before they entered, not knowing that Maria was still inside. The incident left Maria completely traumatised and so full of fear that she never returned and found a new job.
The incident is a display of complete disrespect for the human rights of both Maria and my parents. The right to freedom and security was violated as the house had been broken into, the security gates were damaged and the men used weapons to damage the property and threaten the lives of anyone in their way. Maria was subjected to violence when they tied her up and beat her which is a gross violation of her right to freedom and security. The men wrongfully entered the property, searched it and stole numerous valuable and personal items which went against the right to privacy. This right was also infringed when they watched my mother, waiting for her to leave. Maria’s right to dignity was completely disrespected when she was degraded and called harsh, derogatory names while the men tied her up and rendered her helpless.
When my mother returned home she felt alarmed at seeing the doors forced open and immediately thought that something was wrong. She felt extremely frightened because she was increasingly vulnerable by being a pregnant woman entering the house alone, not knowing whether the burglars had left the house yet. She was shaking, her heart beat had increased and she immediately called for Maria to try find out what had happened She then called the police as soon as she heart Maria’s cries for...