Useful Information

OHCHR Human Rights Programme for Africa

Latest activities

Establishment of the Human Rights Resource Centre at the Oliver Tambo Law Library, University of Pretoria, South Africa

18 August 2011: Publication: 'la justice transitionnelle: une voie vers la reconciliation et la construction d'une paix durable', Conference paper 1/2011, Dealing with the past.

Bi-monthly publication on human rights and democracy in the sub region:
September 2011
July 2011

10 years at the service of Central Africa

Country Mandates Established
by the CHR/HRC

Standing invitations to Special Procedures

Regional Members of the Human Rights Council:

Angola 2020

Burkina Faso 2021

Cameroon 2021

Democratic Republic of the Congo 2020

Eritrea 2021

Nigeria 2020

Rwanda 2019

Senegal 2020

Somalia 2021

South Africa 2019

Togo 2021

Voluntary Pledges and Commitments


UN Human Rights Report 2019 UN Human Rights Report 2019
OHCHR Management Plan 2018-2021 OHCHR Management Plan 2018-2021
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)

OHCHR - East Africa Regional Office (2008-2009)

Human rights context

The East Africa Regional Office covers countries in the East and Horn of Africa, and focuses primarily on Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya and Tanzania since there is no OHCHR presence in those countries.

In partnership with UN Country Teams in the region, the Office facilitates information-sharing, capacitybuilding initiatives and actions to promote, monitor and uphold human rights in the region. The Office emphasizes mainstreaming human rights in the work of regional and subregional intergovernmental organizations based in Addis Ababa, such as the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and in UN Country Teams and UN offices in the region.

The regional dynamics, the worsening human rights situation in Somalia, and the chronic border deadlock between Ethiopia and Eritrea result in an array of inter-related human rights problems in the region, such as arbitrary detention, torture, extrajudicial killings, disappearances, trafficking, internal displacement, and migrant flows. 


OHCHR participated in drafting and reviewing Chapter 6 of the African Governance Report published by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa on the state of human rights in Africa. UN Country Teams further integrated human rights into their programmes. In early 2006, the Government of Ethiopia and the UN Country Team signed The UN Development Assistance Framework II (UNDAF-II), which gives a prominent place to human rights reforms and programmes. OHCHR also facilitated national and regional training sessions on the human rights-based approach for UN staff from Ethiopia (20 trainees), Rwanda (20 trainees), Kenya (25 trainees) and Tunisia (25 trainees) and partners in East Africa and beyond. The Office offered advice on strategic planning and technical assistance to the African Union and responded to queries from AU Member States, civil society organizations and other partners. OHCHR also held an expert seminar on the new role of the African Commission as new African treaty bodies emerge, and on the creation of a specialized library for human rights, governance and democracy within the Secretariat of the African Union. Many of these activities were jointly implemented with NGOs, international organizations and governments.


In addition to focusing on impunity, OHCHR in East Africa will prioritize issues relating to poverty and global inequities, armed conflict and violence, democratic deficits and weak institutions in the countries of the subregion.

The Office will also be involved in providing technical assistance and capacity-building activities to key stakeholders in Ethiopia, such as Parliamentarians, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and civil society.

The Office will also facilitate the mainstreaming of human rights into the programmes of the UN Country Teams in the region. OHCHR leads the development and implementation of the United Nations-African Union ten-year capacity-building programme on human rights. This project is a continuation of OHCHR’s previous biennial project (2006-2007) of comprehensive support to the African Union. 

Contact Information


Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD)
Contact in Geneva, Switzerland.

Africa Branch
Tel. +41 22 917 9220

Regional Offices/Centres

Central Africa
(Yaounde, Cameroon)
Nouvelle route Bastos
Rue 1705, Numéro 606
B.P. 836
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Tel.: +237 2221 2474 +23 74 83 03 56 ;
74 83 01 78
+8821 637 220 464 (satellite)
Fax: (237) 221 2475

East Africa
(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
New ECA Building
Room 1N16
P.O.Box 3001
Addis Ababa
Tel.: (251 11) 544 3105
Fax: (251 11) 551 6078

Southern Africa
Regional Office for Southern Africa
UN House, Metropark Building
351 Francis Baard Street
P.O. Box 6541
Pretoria 0001
South Africa
Tel.: +27 12 354 8686
Fax: +27 12 354 8681

West Africa
Parcelle n°20, en face de l'hôtel Azur, Route du King Fahd Palace, BP 154, Dakar, Senegal , Tel. : +221 33 869 39 69

Other OHCHR Offices

Cote d'Ivoire
Democratic Republic of Congo
Sierra Leone

Feature stories

External links

International Criminal Court

Geneva Conventions

ILO Conventions

Refugee Conventions

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

African Court of Justice

African Union

Economic Community of Central African States

Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa

National Institutions

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