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OHCHR Human Rights Programme for the Americas

Country Mandates Established
by the CHR/HRC

Open invitation to Special Procedures

Regional Members of the Human Rights Council:

Argentina 2015
Brazil 2015
Chile 2014
Costa Rica 2014
Cuba 2016
Mexico 2016
Peru 2014
Uruguay 2016

Voluntary Pledges and Commitments

Publications

OHCHR report 2012 OHCHR Report 2012 (PDF)
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)

Regional Office for South America


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
E-mail: ohchr-santiago@ohchr.org

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Contact Information

Headquarters

Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division
Geneva, Switzerland

Americas Section
Tel. + 41 22 928 9167
Geneva, Switzerland

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
E-mail: ohchr-santiago@ohchr.org

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Oficina Regional para América Central
Panama City, Panama
Casa de las Naciones Unidas
Edificio 128,
3er. piso,
Ciudad del Saber, Clayton
Panama City,
Panama
Tel: (507) 302 4500
Fax: (507) 302 4694
Email: Pregionaloffice@ohchr.org
Website: http://www.oacnudh.org/
Contact: Ms. Carmen Rosa Villa
Regional Representative for Central America

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Other OHCHR Offices

Bolivia
Colombia
Guatemala
Haiti
Mexico

Links

United Nations Country Teams in Americas Region

Other UN links

External links

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

National Institutions


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