How we do it

To fulfil its comprehensive human rights mandate, OHCHR speaks out objectively in the face of human rights violations worldwide. It provides a forum for identifying, highlighting and developing responses to today's human rights challenges, and acts as the principal focal point of human rights research, education, public information, and human rights advocacy activities in the United Nations system.

Work Method

OHCHR's method of work focuses on three major dimensions: standard-setting, monitoring, and implementation on the ground. We do so by offering the best expertise, and substantive and secretariat support to the different United Nations human rights bodies as they discharge their standard-setting and monitoring duties. We try do ensure these international human rights standards are implemented on the ground through greater country engagement and our field presences.


With our leading human rights role and the important task of mainstreaming human rights into the United Nations system, we work with Governments, civil society, national human rights institutions, other United Nations entities, international organizations, private sector and others in their efforts to promote and protect human rights.  >>More


Uganda Monitoring TeamTo implement our comprehensive mandate, we employ more than 994 staff (last update in December 2010), based in Geneva and New York and in 12 country offices and 12 regional offices around the world, including a workforce of some 235 international human rights officers serving in UN peace missions.

We are funded from the United Nations regular budget and from voluntary contributions from Member States, intergovernmental organizations, foundations and individuals. >>More

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How we work with others

UN Human Rights Report 2017
UN Human Rights Report 2017

Partnerships with civil society

Funding and Budget

OHCHR Leaflet: Working for your rights
OHCHR Leaflet: Working for your rights

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