Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights

Chairman Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ)
Subcommittee Contact Information
Address 259 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone Number (202) 226-7812
Fax Number (202) 225-7491
  • Matters affecting the political relations between the United States and other countries and regions, including resolutions or other legislative measures directed to such relations.
  • Legislation with respect to disaster assistance outside the Foreign Assistance Act, boundary issues, and international claims.
  • Legislation with respect to region- or country-specific loans or other financial relations outside the Foreign Assistance Act.
  • Legislation and oversight regarding human rights practices in particular countries.
  • Oversight of regional lending institutions.
  • Oversight of matters related to the regional activities of the United Nations, of its affiliated agencies, and of other multilateral institutions.
  • Identification and development of options for meeting future problems and issues relating to U.S. interests in the region.
  • Oversight of base rights and other facilities access agreements and regional security pacts.
  • Concurrent oversight jurisdiction with respect to matters assigned to the functional subcommittees insofar as they may affect the region.
  • Oversight of foreign assistance activities affecting the region, with the concurrence of the Chairman of the Full Committee.
  • Such other matters as the Chairman of the Full Committee may determine.
In addition to its regional jurisdiction, responsibility for oversight of international health issues, including transboundary infectious diseases and programs related to enhancing global capacity to address health issues, population issues, legislation and oversight pertaining to implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other matters relating to internationally-recognized human rights, including legislation aimed at the promotion of human rights and democracy generally.