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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 South-East Asia Regional Office


Background


The OHCHR Regional Office for South-East Asia was established in Bangkok in 2002 in order to strengthen OHCHR’s presence and partnerships in the region. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) hosts the Regional Office under a Memorandum of Intent signed with the High Commissioner for Human Rights in February 2001.

The Regional Office covers Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. It also supports OHCHR’s work elsewhere in the region.

The Regional Office for South-East Asia acts as an expert resource and plays a catalytic and convening role, helping to bring human rights standards and mechanisms into discussions on political, social, economic and developmental issues amongst governmental and non-governmental actors. A combination of advocacy on human rights issues of concern and technical support and capacity building with key partners has formed the basis of the Regional Office’s work, including with national government authorities, ASEAN, national human rights institutions, civil society and UN agencies and programmes. The Regional Office aims to integrate gender into all areas of its work.


 

Activities

 

One of the main objectives of the Regional Office is to strengthen engagement with the international human rights mechanisms and support the progressive implementation of international human rights law and standards in the region. This includes advocacy for increased ratification of international human rights instruments, follow-up to recommendations from various human rights mechanisms.

The Regional Office’s thematic priorities include:

  • Combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law with a focus on death penalty reform and the prevention of torture, including violence against women;
  • Strengthening early warning and protection of human rights in situations of conflict, violence and insecurity;
  • Widening the democratic space and protection of human rights defenders, with a focus on those working on land and natural resources;
  • Integrating human rights in development and in the economic sphere, with a focus on land related issues;
  • Promoting and protecting freedom of expression and addressing the issue of hate speech.

After more than a decade of work, the Regional Office has established a solid network of cooperation with States, Government agencies, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), civil society and UN Country Teams (UNCT) in the region. The regional office also collaborates with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), and facilitates and encourages the participation of NGOs in its activities.


Contact Information

Headquarters

Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division
Geneva, Switzerland

Asia Pacific Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9650
Geneva, Switzerland

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
Regional Representative
Tel: (662) 288 1496
Fax: (662) 288 3009
Address: UNESCAP, UN Secretariat Building , 6th Floor, Room 0601 A
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue,
Bangkok 10200 , Thailand
E-mail: bogner@un.org
http://bangkok.ohchr.org/

(Administrative Assistant)
Tel: (662) 288 2585
E-mail: muangsiri.unescap@un.org

(Team Assistant)
Tel: (662) 288 1235
Email: pattarasermpong@un.org

Other OHCHR Offices

Afghanistan
Cambodia
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
Timor Leste

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Human rights meeting in the Asia-Pacific region

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