The 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 the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. In South America, the OHCHR has country offices in Bolivia and Colombia and a Human Rights Adviser in Ecuador and Paraguay. The Regional Office for South America coordinates its activities and actions with these field presences.
The Regional Office for South America works with governments, parliaments, tribunals, national institutions, civil society, 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 norms.
The thematic priorities of the Regional Office for South America are impunity and the rule of law, violence and public security, discrimination, and poverty, combined with economical, social and cultural rights.
The primary objectives of the OHCHR-South America Office are:
- To observe the regional human rights situation
- To promote universal, international human rights instruments
- To organize seminars, workshops and research around various human rights issues
- Train stakeholders on how to use United Nations human rights promotion and protection mechanisms and how to follow-up on their rulings and recommendations
- Train others on the Universal Periodic Review and how to follow-up on its recommendations
- Provide technical assistance in the harmonization and implementation of international human rights commitments
- Provide assistance with human rights Plans and Action Programmes
- Facilitate roundtables with participation from civil society, national human rights institutions, the community and international cooperation, prioritizing and highlighting best practices
- Support the visits of Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups in the countries we cover and disseminate their recommendations
- Cooperate with other international or regional and inter-governmental or non-governmental organizations
- Cooperate with Resident Coordinators and UNCTs on human rights issues
- Provide training on the human-rights-based approach and its application in the CAA/UNDAF and the MDGs
- Inform and promote all of these objectives by means of press releases, articles, interviews, videos, factsheets and other publications.
The actions undertaken in 2010-2011 include:
The Regional Representative of the High Commissioner in South America is Amerigo Incalcaterra.
Contact: Regional Representative for South America
Av. Dag Hammerskjöld 3269, Vitacura
Santiago de Chile, Chile
Telephone number: (562) 321-7750
Fax: (562) 263-4978