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OHCHR Human Rights Programme for Africa
2008-2009

Latest activities

Establishment of the Human Rights Resource Centre at the Oliver Tambo Law Library, University of Pretoria, South Africa

18 August 2011: Publication: 'la justice transitionnelle: une voie vers la reconciliation et la construction d'une paix durable', Conference paper 1/2011, Dealing with the past.

Bi-monthly publication on human rights and democracy in the sub region:
September 2011
July 2011

10 years at the service of Central Africa

Country Mandates Established
by the CHR/HRC

Open invitation to Special Procedures

Regional Members of the Human Rights Council:

Benin 2014
Botswana 2014
Burkina Faso 2014
Congo 2014
Côte d'Ivoire 2015
Ethiopia 2015
Gabon 2015
Kenya 2015
Namibia 2016
Sierra Leone 2015
South Africa 2016
South Sudan 2016

Voluntary Pledges and Commitments

Publications

OHCHR report 2013 OHCHR Report 2013
OHCHR Management Plan 2014-2017 OHCHR Management Plan 2014-2017
Brochure: Human Rights in action Human Rights in Action (PDF)
Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society A Handbook for Civil Society (PDF)

OHCHR – Central Africa Regional Centre (2006-2007)


Background


The Sub-regional Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa was established in December 1999 at the request of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) by a UN General Assembly resolution. The Centre, located in Yaoundé (Cameroon), started its activities in March 2001 and was officially opened by the High Commissioner in June 2002. In July 2002, OHCHR signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Secretariat General of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to coordinate action to promote and protect human rights and democracy throughout the region.

The Centre focuses on capacity-building and the promotion of human rights and democracy. It aims at strengthening the capacity of governments, parliamentarians, armed forces, police, students and civil society organizations of the eleven countries of the region, namely Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Sao Tome and Principe . It provides support to technical assistance projects in Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Republic of the Congo.
 

2006-2007 Programme

 
In 2006-2007, the Centre will focus on fostering a development programming based on human rights and human security; strengthening the rule of law; increasing awareness of all forms of discrimination, and building national institutions.

Within this framework, the Centre will organize sub-regional workshops on a human rights-based approach to development and will provide assistance to integrate the rights-based approach into the national programmes, in cooperation with relevant UN country teams and in the context of the work of the relevant regional economic communities, the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) and the E conomic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).

The Centre will provide support to the process of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region. It will support government initiatives to adopt or review anti-discrimination laws and to integrate human rights education in schools and university curricula. It will continue to build sub-regional capacity in the fields of human rights and democracy through the implementation of its training and internship programme for civil society organizations.

In addition, the Yaoundé Centre will host the Regional Adviser on Action 2 who will provide advisory services to UNCTs and collaborate with the secretariat of the Regional Human Development Report for the Great Lakes region, based in Kigali .

Finally, the Centre plans to host a regional consultation to develop a UN Plan of Action in support of the implementation of the peace pact on security, stability, and development in the Great Lakes region, to be adopted in Nairobi in December 2006.

Expected Accomplishments


Integration of the concepts of human rights and human security into the common instrument of the UN system, the Common Country Assessment (CCA), and the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

Integration of the concepts of human rights and human security into national and regional development programmes and policies.

Enhanced national protection systems.

Improved reporting records under international human rights treaties.

Enhanced legal protection against discrimination. 



Contact Information

Headquarters

Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division
Geneva, Switzerland

Africa Section 
Tel. +41 22 928 9694
Geneva, Switzerland

Regional Offices/Centres

Central Africa
2010-2011
2008-2009
2006-2007
(Yaounde, Cameroon)
Nouvelle route Bastos
Rue 1705, Numéro 606
B.P. 836
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Tel.: +237 2221 2474 +23 74 83 03 56 ;
74 83 01 78
+8821 637 220 464 (satellite)
Fax: (237) 221 2475
Website: http://www.cnudhd.org/

East Africa
2010-2011
2008-2009
2006-2007
(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
New ECA Building
Room 1N16
P.O.Box 3001
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
Tel.: (251 11) 544 3105
Fax: (251 11) 551 6078

Southern Africa
2012-2013
Regional Office for Southern Africa
UN House, Metropark Building
351 Francis Baard Street
P.O. Box 6541
Pretoria 0001
South Africa
Tel.: +27 12 354 8686
Fax: +27 12 354 8681
E-mail: rosa@ohchr.org


West Africa

2010-2011
2008-2009
United Nations Office for West Africa Almadies Ouest Lot N°14 B.P. 23851
Tel.: + 221 869 85 85
Fax: +221 569 1881

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Sudan
Togo
Uganda

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