I was reading an article and saw the following sentence:

Its main aim is to safeguard the rights and well-being of the refugees.

I do not understand why they haven't used the rights and the well-being.

Oxford papers say the is used to describe a general type of thing rather than a specific example. So, why well-being but not the well-being like it goes with the rights?

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    It would be the same if you swapped the sentence around to "Its main aim is to safeguard the well-being and rights of the refugees." The second the is omitted. Please see Omitting repeated definite article although one answer say the has not been omitted, but a "conjoined noun" has been made. – Weather Vane Dec 1 '19 at 20:49

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