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OHCHR Human Rights Programme for the Middle East and Northern Africa Region

Country Mandates Established
by the CHR/HRC

Open invitation to Special Procedures

Regional Members of the Human Rights Council:

Algeria 2016
Kuwait 2014
Morocco 2016
Saudi Arabia 2016
United Arab Emirates 2015

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)

Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region


Background

The UN Human Rights Training Centre was established by the General Assembly Resolution 60/153 of 2005 and is mandated “to undertake training and documentation activities according to international human rights standards and to support such efforts within the region by Governments, UN agencies and programmes, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations”. The Centre was officially inaugurated by the High Commissioner in May 2009. The main objective of the Centre is to strengthen human rights knowledge and skills within its region of operation.

The geographical mandate of the Centre covers 25 countries, the majority of which are situated in the Arab region and three are situated in South-West Asia. The countries are: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and State of Palestine.

Within its specific training and documentation mandate, the Centre works in close coordination with regional representatives in the field, heads of country offices, human rights units of peace missions and coordinators of regional units at OHCHR headquarters. The unique mandate of the Centre complements the broader mandates of existing OHCHR field presences through the development and provision of training and documentation adapted to the linguistic and capacity-building needs of these contexts. 
 

Activities

The Centre has been piloting regional programmes, some of which have also been adapted and implemented at the country level. The Centre’s key training programmes cover: Human Rights and Diplomacy; Human Trafficking; National Human Rights Institutions; Human Rights and Media; Human Rights Education; Police Training on Human Rights; and Other Regional Human Rights Consultations.

Amongst other activities, the Centre provides training on human rights protection mechanisms to national human rights institutions; organises annual regional workshops on human rights-based diplomacy for Arab diplomats; provides human rights training to law enforcement agencies and serves as a platform for promoting human rights based approach to combatting human trafficking in the region.

The Centre launched its Arabic website in December 2011, which provides information about the Centre's current and upcoming activities, country reports in Arabic (UPR, TBs and SPs), and contains all of OHCHR's Arabic publications. 


Contact Information

Headquarters

Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division
Geneva, Switzerland

Middle East and North Africa Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9235
Geneva, Switzerland

Regional Offices/Centres

Middle East
(Beirut, Lebanon)
OHCHR Middle East Regional Office
Arab African International Bank Building
Banks Street, Downtown
Beirut, Lebanon
P.O.Box: 11-3216
Tel: 00 961 1 962 542
Fax: 00 961 1 962 555
E-mail: OHCHR-ME-Lebanon@ohchr.org

North Africa
(Temporary in Tunisia, Tunis)
OHCHR North Africa Regional Office
04 Rue Saint Fulgence, Mutuelleville Tunis 1082, Tunisia
Tel: +216 71 283 124
Mob: +216 24083906
E-mail: ohchr-rona@ohchr.org

Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region
(Doha, Qatar)
P.O. Box 23514, Doha – Qatar
Tel: +974 44932544 – 44935791
Fax: +974 44935790
E-mail: DohaCentre@ohchr.org

Other OHCHR Offices

Iraq
Mauritania
Palestine (Occupied territories)
Saudi Arabia (Technical cooperation project)
Tunisia
Yemen

Links

United Nations Country Teams in Middle East and Northern Africa Region

Other UN links

Security Council resolutions

Secretary-General reports to the Security Council

External links

International Criminal Court

Geneva Conventions

ILO Conventions

Refugee Conventions

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