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What is the Right to Health Policy Hub?

Right to Health Policy Hub is a repository of human rights documents from international human rights treaty bodies and UN mechanisms that support the advancement of public health policies related to food & nutrition and tobacco control. Human rights are essential to advocate for effective policy change, and Right to Health Policy Hub aims to support organizations, movements, and advocates around the world in doing so. 

This resource highlights the growing connections between these health policies and human rights obligations, as presented by official documents issued by human rights bodies.


The Right to Health Policy Hub is a joint effort of the
Campaign for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Global Health Advocacy Incubator

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The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) is the leading advocacy organization working to reduce tobacco use and its deadly consequences in the United States and around the world.

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The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) supports civil society organizations who advocate for public health policies that reduce death and disease.

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Last updated on September 2023
Human rights documents issued by international human rights treaty bodies, and United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the rights to health, adequate food and nutrition, and cultural rights dated from 2005 onwards.

General Recommendations

Globally relevant, and contain official interpretations of the treaty provisions, thematic areas, government obligations, specific rights and other issues. These have authoritative status and provide valuable guidance on harmonizing public health policies with human rights standards.

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Country Recommendations

These recommendations are issued by treaty bodies following a state reporting cycle. Under the international human rights treaties, State Parties are obligated to submit initial and periodic reports every two to five years.

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Special Reports

These documents are issued by these UN Special Procedure on particular issues under their mandate. They have global relevancy and play a key role in standard setting, influencing the interpretation of international human rights law.

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Download Fact Sheets

These Fact Sheets discus the intersection of human rights and tobacco control, highlighting the WHO FCTC's connections with human rights obligations. They stress the tobacco epidemic's health impacts, advocating for policies like tobacco marketing bans and taxation to combat tobacco use, and emphasize the importance of integrating human rights frameworks in these efforts.

2023 - Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Recommendation for Cambodia, par. 41 (2023) - 2348

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Food policy CESCR Fiscal measures Nutritional surveillance Education and information Food and nutrition security Trade and investment

41. The Committee recommends that the State party redouble its efforts to protect the right to adequate food and make an assessment of the implementation of its Second National Strategy for Food Security and Nutrition 2019–2023, in order to tackle food insecurity and malnutrition in an effective and comprehensive manner, including by establishing programmes to increase the level of minimum...

Text of the recommendation

41. The Committee recommends that the State party redouble its efforts to protect the right to adequate food and make an assessment of the implementation of its Second National Strategy for Food Security and Nutrition 2019–2023, in order to tackle food insecurity and malnutrition in an effective and comprehensive manner, including by establishing programmes to increase the level of minimum income support, promote healthier diets, incorporate trade, land management, education and fiscal policy elements, set clear, time-bound targets and establish appropriate mechanisms for assessing the progress made.

Citation

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Concluding observations on the second periodic report of Cambodia, E/C.12/KHM/CO/2 (2023). Par. 41. Available at: 2BYe62Ss7WypmsG01gopbAbYW6kF7OpSpHEjxFdG5jreehCXS9QjQsdIKpGnNXsi4HlA67pqsTmLZW

2022 - Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Recommendation for Bolivia, par. 32 (a) (2022) - 1374

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Food policy Other Health-related issues Bolivia CEDAW Food production Education and information Access to water Environment and health

32. In line with its general recommendations No. 34 (2016) on the rights of rural women and No. 37 (2018) on the gender-related dimensions of disaster risk reduction in the context of climate change, the Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Combat poverty among rural women by ensuring access to adequate water and sanitation, ownership and use of land, credit,...

Text of the recommendation

32. In line with its general recommendations No. 34 (2016) on the rights of rural women and No. 37 (2018) on the gender-related dimensions of disaster risk reduction in the context of climate change, the Committee recommends that the State party:

(a) Combat poverty among rural women by ensuring access to adequate water and sanitation, ownership and use of land, credit, financial services and agricultural inputs, as well as access to justice, victim support services, education, information and communications technology, formal employment and health care.

Citation

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Concluding observations on the seventh periodic report of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, CEDAW/C/BOL/CO/7, (2022). Par. 32. Available at: https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CEDAW%2FC%2FBOL%2FCO%2F7&Lang=en

2022 - Committee on the Rights of the Child, Recommendation for Djibouti par. 37 (a), (b) and (c) (2022) - 2446

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Food policy CRC Food and nutrition security Access to water

37. Taking note of targets 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 2.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Take urgent measures to prioritize children who suffer from severe acute malnutrition and provide them with the necessary treatment and nutrition; (b) Regularly monitor and assess the effectiveness of policies and programmes on security and nutrition among...

Text of the recommendation

37. Taking note of targets 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 2.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Take urgent measures to prioritize children who suffer from severe acute malnutrition and provide them with the necessary treatment and nutrition; (b) Regularly monitor and assess the effectiveness of policies and programmes on security and nutrition among children; (c) Intensify efforts to prioritize access to clean drinking water, sanitation and shelter, as well as access to, and the availability and affordability of, food, in particular for rural populations, and consider asking UNICEF, WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, among others, for assistance to address those issues...

Citation

Committee on the Rights of the Child, CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES UNDER ARTICLE 44 OF THE CONVENTION, CRC/C/DJI/CO/3-5 (2022). Par. 37 (a), (b) and (c). Available at: https://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=6QkG1d%2FPPRiCAqhKb7yhsp32e83GEI8msE8Qd28gyVFXHudDolXbMfjgDXDxozhp6tZWDHcXu%2BMQ%2BU1f8odUchmIzNDZzrZr3obaP0OeyCg6MI6TbKGBccUw%2BsqOoGj0

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