Reflecting on Human Rights in Global Health Contexts

  • Mathew Santhosh Thomas ICMDA
Keywords: Human Rights, Bible, Global Health


This article recognizes that Human rights and biblical perspectives are a well-researched and reflected issue and after highlighting some current articles and biblical perspectives on Human rights, the author considers the various questions that challenges a practioner, in his or her work engagement. The article ends recognizing the need to move from the knowledge of "theology of rights" to "reflective practice" of rights. 

Author Biography

Mathew Santhosh Thomas, ICMDA

MBBS, MD, International Christian Medical and Dental Association, former Executive Director, Emmanuel Hospital Association, India


Yogarajah G, Schirrmacher T. The biblical basis for human rights and religious freedom [Internet]. Tirana, Albania: Global Consultation on Discrimination, persecution, martyrdom: Following Christ together; 2015 NOV 1-5. Available from:,%20TS).pdf

Owoeye SA. The Deeper Life Bible Church and the issues of human rights [Internet]. Ile-Ife, Nigeria: IOSR J Human Social Science (IOSR-JHSS); 2013 Jul – Aug;13(5):33-40. Available from:

Melanchthon MJ. The biblical bases for human rights [Internet].Chennai, India: Department of Old Testament at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College: n.d. Available from:

Mccorquodale R. Human rights and responsibilities: a Christian perspective. In: Human rights, faith and culture. Australia: Association for Baha'i Studies Australia; 2001. p. 101-14. Available from:

The Lancet. The health of India: a future that must be devoid of caste. London: Lancet; 2014. Nov 29;384:1901.

Armstrong LJ. Rights, health, and culture – reflections from a cross cultural worker. Chr J Glob Hlth. May 2019; 6(1): 64-69.

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Crouch M. Working order: health, human responsibility, and rights in an age of limited agency. Chr J Glob Hlth. May 2019; 6(1): 59-63.

How to Cite
Thomas, M. S. (2019). Reflecting on Human Rights in Global Health Contexts. Christian Journal for Global Health, 6(1), 3-6.