**UNHRC: UN Human Rights Council

Committee Overview:

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is an “intergovernmental body within the United Nations (UN) system made up of 47 states responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.” While the UN has adopted the broad goal of addressing human rights in the UN Charter, UNHRC serves as the main forum for dialogue and intergovernmental cooperation on a variety of human rights issues. The Council was established through the UN’s adoption of Resolution A/RES/60/251 and is tasked with the responsibility of addressing and making recommendations with regard to particular human rights violations.

Topic: Mental Health Care within Refugee Camps

Although mental health and psychological problems are prevalent in all global communities, those displaced by traumatic events and left without a home are at an elevated risk of developing mental health issues. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) calculates that there are an estimated eighteen million refugees worldwide, many of which are children, who have faced traumatic events that will negatively affect their mental health to a point of damaging their educational opportunities and hindering their social abilities for the remainder of their lives. The quality and availability of mental health care professionals is severely lacking and often overlooked due to factors such as language barriers between professionals and their patients and gender prioritization. Neglecting mental health provision in cases such as extreme trauma and instead solely focusing on physical health treatment can discourage continuous long-term treatment for patients to eventually return to a healthy and normal daily life.