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Ratifications and Reservations

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Open invitation to Special Procedures

Voluntary Pledges and Commitments

Members by region of the Human Rights Council

OHCHR in the Field

Map of OHCHR field presences

Regional Offices

Country Offices

Human Rights Components of Peace Missions

Human Rights Advisers

Action 2

Technical Cooperation Programme

National Human Rights Institutions

Publications

OHCHR report 2012 OHCHR Report 2012 (PDF)
OHCHR Management Plan 2012-2013 OHCHR Management Plan 2012-2013 (PDF)
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)

Human Rights Advisors

Human rights advisers are deployed at the request of UN Resident Coordinators on behalf of the UNCTs. Advisers support and assist the Resident Coordinators, Heads of UN agencies and members of UNCTs to integrate human rights in their programming strategies and on its implementation as well as to build and strengthen national human rights capacities. Other functions include: advising and providing training to independent national human rights institutions and other stakeholders; advising State actors on the promotion and protection of human rights and other UN norms and standards; building networks with, and providing practical support to, civil society actors; providing operational support to human rights training and/or national capacity-building activities; promoting engagement with the international human rights mechanisms; and when applicable, advising on integrating human rights in humanitarian response and post-crisis recovery processes.

Human rights advisers are normally funded through extrabudgetary contributions. In some instances, cost-sharing agreements have been concluded with UNDP or relevant UNCTs and other UN entities at the country level. Since 2013, new HRA deployments started being funded through a Multi-Donor Trust Fund established under the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Human Rights Mainstreaming Mechanism (UNDG-HRM)* chaired by OHCHR to support the implementation of the 2012 UNDG strategy for the deployment of new human rights advisers.

OHCHR has deployed 19 human rights advisers in Chad, Ecuador, Honduras, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives*, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Serbia, Sri Lanka, the Southern Caucasus (based in Tbilisi and covering Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia), Tajikistan, Timor Leste*, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Ukraine. In 2014, human rights advisers deployment through the UNDG-HRM is agreed for UNCTs in Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zambia and for UNDG regional teams in Bangkok and Panama.

Details on the individual field presences can be found in the relevant sections of the Strategic Management Plan.

Africa region

Middle East and Northern Africa Region

Asia-Pacific region

Europe and Central Asia region

Americas region

Human Rights Advisors

Chad
Kenya
Madagascar
Niger
Rwanda

 

Maldives
Papua New Guinea
Sri Lanka
Timor Leste

Republic of Moldova
Russian Federation
Serbia
South Caucasus
Tajikistan
Ukraine
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Ecuador
Honduras
Paraguay

Contact Information

Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division
Geneva, Switzerland

Africa Section 
Tel. +41 22 928 9694
Geneva, Switzerland

Middle East and North Africa Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9412
Geneva, Switzerland

Asia Pacific Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9659
Geneva, Switzerland

Europe and Central Asia Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9291
Geneva, Switzerland

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

Peace Missions Support and Rapid Response Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9166
Geneva, Switzerland

National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9467
Geneva, Switzerland

Coordinator Voluntary Fund for
Technical Co-operation
Tel. +41 22 928 9287
Geneva, Switzerland

External Links

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Department of Political Affairs
The Security Council
Peacebuilding Support Office
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Refugee Conventions (UNHCR)
National Institutions
 
 
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