In addition to the international human rights bodies, there are several regional bodies. They are responsible for the human rights in their respective regions, and therefore can be very useful for advocates living and working in those regions.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)


    The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is an organ of the Organization of American states with a mission to promote the observance and protection of human rights in the Americas. Visit the IACHR webpage here…

  • ASH at the IACHR

    In April 2016, Action on Smoking and Health and two of our partner organizations, Fundación InterAmericana del Corazón Argentina and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law presented to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on the Right to Health, Tobacco Industry Interference, and on Tobacco in the Americas.

    This was the first time that tobacco was brought up as a human rights issue before this commission. Read more…

African Commission on Human and People's Rights


    The African Charter created the African Commission with three major function in mind;

    • the protection of human and peoples’ rights
    • the promotion of human and peoples’ rights
    • the interpretation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

    Visit the Commissions website here…

European Court of Human Rights

Regional European Tobacco and Human Rights

  • Mandatory Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence

    ASH and a group of our tobacco control colleagues, including Smoke Free Partnership and Unfairtobacco, led by the Belgian Alliance for a Smoke Free Society, submitted input for the public consultation by the European Commission on mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence. Read the submission here>.

  • WHO Europe- Social justice and human rights as a framework for addressing social determinants of health: Final report of the Task group on Equity, Equality and Human Rights (2016)

    This report addresses two issues relevant for closing this gap in translating rhetoric into actual policies: why health inequalities are unjust and how normative arguments can be translated into policy, particularly by using the framework of the human right to health. Read it here

  • European Tobacco Use- Trends Report 2019

    Chapter 5 gives an overview of the links between tobacco control and human rights and also explains the human rights reporting cycle. Starting on pg. 50. Read more

  • Tobacco Free Generations-Protecting children from tobacco in the WHO European Region