The Human Rights Council (HRC) is a United Nations (UN) body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world. While there have been a limited number of resolutions that are directly relevant to tobacco control, there are many others that could support a human rights based approach to health, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and tobacco control.
Human Rights Council Sessions Supporting Human Rights and Tobacco Control
Submissions to the Human Rights Council
As tobacco is a human rights issue, ASH and partners often answer calls for input to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The head of this office is the High Commissioner for Human Rights, who acts as the secretariat of the Human Rights Council.
Submissions from ASH and Partners
Statements at the Human Rights Council
ASH Statements at the HRC
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
One of the primary Human Rights Council mechanisms is the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR assess human rights situations in all UN Member States with the goal of improving the human rights situation in all countries and addressing all human rights violations. To conduct this assessment, the UPR Working Group reviews the country’s national report, information from independent human rights experts, and information from other stakeholders including non-governmental organizations. ASH and partners submit information to be considered during the review process for specific countries and make statements at the regular session of the Human Rights Council when country reviews are considered. For more information on the UPR, please visit the learning resources page.