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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

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK)

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

https://righttohealthpolicyhub.org/database/committee-on-economic-social-and-cultural-rights-recommendation-for-cambodia-par-41-2023

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 Azerbaijan par. 36 (a) (2022) - 2329

https://righttohealthpolicyhub.org/database/committee-on-the-elimination-of-discrimination-against-women-recommendation-for-azerbaijan-par-36-a-2022

Food policy CEDAW Food production Access to water

36. (a) Strengthen transformative policies and strategies to reduce the burden of unpaid care work on women, particularly rural women; facilitate access to good-quality and affordable gender-responsive public services, including in relation to health care, education, childcare, transportation, water, land use, housing and energy services; and generate data on and establish the monetization of unpaid care work as a baseline...

Text of the recommendation

36. (a) Strengthen transformative policies and strategies to reduce the burden of unpaid care work on women, particularly rural women; facilitate access to good-quality and affordable gender-responsive public services, including in relation to health care, education, childcare, transportation, water, land use, housing and energy services; and generate data on and establish the monetization of unpaid care work as a baseline for its recognition and compensation

Citation

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women,Concluding observations on the sixth periodic report of Azerbaijan, CEDAW/C/AZE/CO/6 (2022). Par. 36 (a) . Available at: https://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=6QkG1d%2FPPRiCAqhKb7yhsgcjdm0xgERNaIXh22nhTUne82HffUBixL3cJQgfEppxDlNAQrbaKw%2FYPIKgAA%2BGTRyLdezeZbkfV4BpC5gGMRC5umnCjYphyDpn%2FY3lHnLm

2022 - Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Recommendation for Azerbaijan, par. 38 (2022) - 2331

https://righttohealthpolicyhub.org/database/committee-on-the-elimination-of-discrimination-against-women-recommendation-for-azerbaijan-par-38-2022

Food policy CEDAW Fiscal measures Food production Food and nutrition security Access to water

38. The Committee recommends that the State party combat poverty among rural women by ensuring access to education, adequate water and sanitation, formal employment, low-interest loans without collateral and other forms of financial credit for agribusinesses, and ownership and use of land. The Committee also recommends that the State party integrate a gender perspective into its agricultural policies and ensure...

Text of the recommendation

38. The Committee recommends that the State party combat poverty among rural women by ensuring access to education, adequate water and sanitation, formal employment, low-interest loans without collateral and other forms of financial credit for agribusinesses, and ownership and use of land. The Committee also recommends that the State party integrate a gender perspective into its agricultural policies and ensure the equal participation of rural women in decision-making on agricultural policies and in leadership positions.

Citation

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women,Concluding observations on the sixth periodic report of Azerbaijan, CEDAW/C/AZE/CO/6 (2022). Par. 38. Available at: https://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=6QkG1d%2FPPRiCAqhKb7yhsgcjdm0xgERNaIXh22nhTUne82HffUBixL3cJQgfEppxDlNAQrbaKw%2FYPIKgAA%2BGTRyLdezeZbkfV4BpC5gGMRC5umnCjYphyDpn%2FY3lHnLm

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