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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 - Pacific Regional Office


Background


The OHCHR Regional Office for the Pacific was established in Suva, Fiji, in 2005. It covers 16 countries of the Pacific region, namely: Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands Countries (PICs): Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Immense distances separate PICs from each other and they range in size from Niue (population of 1,600) to PNG (7 million). The majority of the population of PICs is indigenous and traditional structures and religious beliefs influence daily life.

The OHCHR Regional Office works closely with UN partners in the region, civil society organisations, National Human Rights Institutions as well as regional organisations including: the Secretariat of the Pacific Community/Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the Asia Pacific Forum.
 

Activities

 
The main activities undertaken by the OHCHR Regional Office revolve around the following:

  • Providing expert advice and technical assistance to governments, regional organizations, civil society, and other stakeholders;
  • Strengthening National Human Rights Protection Systems in the Region;
  • Encouraging and assisting governments and civil society in the region to actively engage with the international human rights mechanisms: treaty bodies, special procedures and in particular the Universal Periodic Review (UPR);
  • Monitoring, documenting and reporting on human rights violations and issues;
  • Strengthening civil society’s ability to monitor and document human rights violations.
  • Promoting and mainstreaming human rights in development activities and humanitarian response;
  • Promoting human rights through advocacy and awareness raising.

Thematic focus areas include: prevention of torture and ill-treatment; prevention of sexual and gender based violence (including sorcery related violence); promotion of accountability and combating impunity; promotion of housing and land rights; work in the area of business and human rights; countering discrimination with a focus on women, LGBTI, indigenous peoples as well as migrants and asylum seekers and protection of human rights in emergencies.


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

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