Useful Information

OHCHR Human Rights Programme for the Americas

Country Mandates Established
by the CHR/HRC

Standing invitations to Special Procedures

Regional Members of the Human Rights Council:

Brazil 2019
Chile 2020
Cuba 2019
Ecuador 2018
Mexico 2020
Panama 2018
Peru 2020
United States of America 2019
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 2018

Voluntary Pledges and Commitments


OHCHR report 2016 OHCHR Report 2016
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 America Regional Office


The OHCHR Regional Office for South America was established in Santiago, following the signature of an agreement between the OHCHR and the Government of Chile on 23 September 2009. This Office complies with the mandate and general competences assigned to the OHCHR by the General Assembly in its resolution 48/141 of 20 December 1993.

The Regional Office for South America covers Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. It coordinates its activities and actions with Headquarters and other field presences.

The Regional Office for South America works with governments, parliaments, the judiciary, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations, human rights defenders, regional and international organisations and the United Nations to develop and strengthen their capacities, so as to improve the promotion and protection of human rights, according to international human rights standards.

The thematic priorities of the Regional Office for South America are: combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law; integrating human rights in development and in the economic sphere; enhancing equality and countering discrimination; early warning and protection of human rights in situations of conflict, violence and insecurity; strengthening the effectiveness of international human rights mechanisms and the progressive development on international human rights law; and widening democratic space.


The main activities of the OHCHR-South America Office are:

  • Promoting the ratification and implementation of international human rights instruments; 
  • Organizing seminars, workshops and research around various human rights issues; 
  • Building the capacity of stakeholders on how to use United Nations human rights mechanisms and how to follow-up on their rulings and recommendations; 
  • Training on the Universal Periodic Review and how to follow-up on its recommendations
  • Providing technical assistance  to introduce international human rights commitments into legislation and public policies; 
  • Supporting the establishment of strong mechanisms and institutions, such as National Human Rights Institutions and National Mechanisms on Prevention of Torture according to international standards;
  • Strengthening the capacities of the UN system to apply  a human-rights based approach in planning and in development programmes;
  • Promoting the exchange of best practices and lessons learnt amongst peers such as States, National Human Rights Institutions, civil society organizations, international cooperation and business enterprises; 
  • Building the capacity of civil society organizations, and particularly human rights defenders, to use protection mechanisms to claim their rights;
  • Providing support to Governments, parliamentarians and the judiciary on the compliance of anti-discrimination laws and policies with international human rights standards;
  • Providing support to the visits of Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups and disseminating their recommendations; 
  • Cooperating with other international or regional and inter-governmental or non-governmental organizations; 
  • Cooperating with Resident Coordinators and UNCTs on human rights issues; 
  • Informing and promoting all of these activities by means of press releases, articles, interviews, videos, factsheets and other publications.

Contact Information


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

Americas Section
Tel. + 41 22 928 9167

Regional Offices/Centres

Regional Representative for South America
Av. Dag Hammerskjöld 3269, Vitacura Santiago de Chile, Chile
Telephone number: (562) 2321-7750
Fax: (562) 2263-4978


Regional Representative for Central America
Panama City, Panama
Casa de las Naciones Unidas
Edificio 128,
3er. piso,
Ciudad del Saber, Clayton
Panama City,
Tel: (507) 302 4500
Fax: (507) 302 4694

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United Nations Country Teams in Americas Region

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Organization of American States

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Geneva Conventions

ILO Conventions

Refugee Conventions

International Criminal Court

Interamerican Development Bank

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