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OHCHR Human Rights
Programme for Asia-Pacific
2008-2009
2006-2007

Country Mandates Established
by the CHR/HRC

Open invitation to Special Procedures

Regional Members of the Human Rights Council:

China 2016
India 2014
Indonesia 2014
Japan 2015
Maldives 2016
Pakistan 2015
Philippines 2014
Republic of Korea 2015
Viet Nam 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 Human Rights Programme for Asia-Pacific (2006-2007)


Situation Analysis: One-third of the world's population, and two-thirds of those living on less than US$1 per day live in a region that experiences natural disasters, health epidemics, and, often, serious human rights violations. The human rights challenges in the Asia-Pacific region include inequality, discrimination, impunity, armed conflict and violence, democratic deficits, and weak institutions. Cooperation with international human rights mechanisms is mixed. The Asia-Pacific region has a low level of ratifications. While there are some encouraging signs that this situation may be changing, reporting to treaty bodies and compliance with their recommendations remains inadequate. Country and thematic special procedures are actively engaged, but cooperation with governments is uneven. While the Asia-Pacific region has a well-developed network of intergovernmental organizations, it remains the only region in the world without a comprehensive regional human rights instrument or an institutionalized regional human rights mechanism. National institutions and civil society organizations are growing and active but are still weak.

Regional Priorities and Strategies: The common goal of OHCHR country-engagement efforts in the Asia-Pacific region is to ensure that national actors, including government institutions, national institutions, and NGOs, provide redress to those rights-holders whose human rights are violated.

OHCHR’s strategy in the region during 2006-2007 will involve: strengthening country focus from Headquarters; increasing the human rights capacity of and support within United Nations peace missions, primarily in Afghanistan; supporting the country offices in Cambodia and Nepal; and supporting the human rights officer in the United Nations Country Team in Sri Lanka. OHCHR also intends to strengthen its existing regional office in Bangkok.

In case the mandate of the United Nations Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) is not extended beyond May 2006, OHCHR intends to deploy a human rights officer to work with the United Nations Country Team.

OHCHR will continue to work within the Asia-Pacific Regional Framework, in cooperation with Member States and Country Teams, focusing on the justiciability of economic, social, and cultural rights and establishing and strengthening national institutions. These activities will be carried out at a more focused regional level in the next biennium in keeping with OHCHR’s new regional structures.

Thematic issues, such as discrimination against minorities, including indigenous peoples, trafficking in human beings, especially women and children, migrant workers’s rights, economic, social, and cultural rights, and the rule of law, will also received focused attention.


In the Asia-Pacific Region, OHCHR’s field deployment is projected as follows:

 

Maintained

Strengthened

To be established

Regional Offices Pacific (Suva) Southeast Asia (Bangkok)  
Country Offices Cambodia
Nepal
   
UN Peace Missions Afghanistan
Timor-Leste
   
HR Advisors

Pakistan
Sri Lanka

   


Contact Information

Headquarters

Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD)
Contact is in Geneva, Switzerland.

Asia Pacific Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9650

Regional Offices/Centres

Pacific
2014
2008-2009
2006-2007
Officer in charge
Tel: 679 3310 46565
Fax: 679 3310 485
Address: Level 5, Kadavu House, Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji
Email: sabina.lauber@one.un.org

South-East Asia
2014
2011-2012
2008-2009
2006-2007
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Regional Office for South East Asia
6th Floor, United Nations Buidling, Rachadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200,
Thailand
Tel. +66 2 288 1235,
Fax: +66 2 288 1039
Email: ohchr.bangkok@un.org

UNDG-HRM Regional Human Rights Adviser
UNDG Asia and the Pacific
UN Service Building, 3rd Floor, Room 326
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Office: +66-2-304-9100 Ext. 5222
E-mail: heike.alefsen@one.un.org
Skype: h.alefsen

Other OHCHR Offices

Afghanistan
Cambodia
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
Timor Leste

Feature stories

Human rights meeting in the Asia-Pacific region

Links

United Nations Country Teams in Asia Pacific Region

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