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Medical age assessments and the critique - from a human rights perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to analyse and review the medical age assessments performed on young asylum seekers in Sweden in order to find out if it they are compatible with human rights and if these methods affect our understanding of human rights and human dignity. The theories human dignity and postcolonialism are used to answer the research question. The results of this thesis were that the medical age assessments are not reliable to perform on asylum seekers which originate from countries where their civil registration systems are weak. The methods are ambiguous and not reliable therefore the results could have consequences for the asylum seekers’ lives. Judicial and political decisions which permit these medical age assessments to be performed lack moral justification, because they risk violating the human dignity of asylum seekers since they do not consider the consequences these medical age assessments can have for the asylum seekers lives. The discourse on young asylum seekers are also included to understand the overall context of which these methods are being performed and the results showed that the young asylum seekers are racialised and the methods have effects which are discriminatory and do not respect the inherent human dignity of the asylum seeker.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 62
Keywords [en]
unaccompanied asylum seekers, young asylum seekers, medical age assessments, human rights, human dignity, age assessments
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-395520OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-395520DiVA, id: diva2:1362462
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Human Rights
Educational program
Master Programme in Human Rights
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Available from: 2019-10-21 Created: 2019-10-20 Last updated: 2019-10-21Bibliographically approved

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