A Human Rights Advisor was deployed in Niger from June 2008 to 2014. Currently, the staffing of OHCHR consists of a National Human Rights Officer.
The National Human Rights Officer works within the office of the Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Niger to ensure that human rights are integrated into their programmes and activities. The National Human Rights Officer also undertakes human rights assessments, provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Justice on cooperation with human rights mechanisms, and provides technical assistance and human rights capacity building to national institution such as the National Commission on Human Rights and civil society organizations.
Two other national staffs are in charge of coordinating the activities of two projects managed by OHCHR/West Africa Regional Office, one relates to developing a human rights-based response to smuggling of migrants and the other to the protection of child victims of violations of their rights.
On 9 December 2019, OHCHR has signed a Host Country Agreement with Niger to establish a Country Office in Niger with a full monitoring mandate. The signing of this agreement has created new opportunities for OHCHR to work on human rights in Niger, including by increasing integration of human rights principles in legislative reforms, expanding and protecting civic space and public participation, and helping integrate human rights into development efforts, among others. Pending the effective opening of the Country Office, an International Human Rights Advisor is expected to be deployed to Niger in May 2020. Also, OHCHR will be deploying a G5 Sahel team composed of 6 staff to support the implementation of the compliance framework within the G5 Sahel Joint Force, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution 2391 of 8 December 2017. OHCHR’s strengthened human rights intervention in Niger (working alongside the G5 Sahel Joint Forces Project) seeks to build mechanisms, systems and policies required for greater protection and promotion of human rights in the country.
Type of engagement
Human Rights Adviser
Annual budget needs
OHCHR presence in Niger:
- Provides technical assistance and advice to the Government of Niger to improve its cooperation with treaty bodies and the special procedures of the Human Rights Council at the international and regional levels. As a result, Niger was able to submit reports to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group (second cycle), the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), the Committee on Migrant Workers (CMW), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of Children.
- Strengthens the technical capacities of the Interdepartmental Committee in charge of drafting reports for treaty bodies and the UPR Working Group, and developing a national action plan to implement UPR recommendations. This action plan covers the period of 2017-2021.
- Provides technical assistance and capacity building to establish a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that has been accredited with an A status in March 2017 by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI). With the support of OHCHR, the NHRC has developed in 2018 its Strategic Action Plan for 2019-2023.
- Seeks to build mechanisms, systems and policies required for greater protection and promotion of human rights in the country. This effort will be strengthened with the expected deployment in 2019 of an OHCHR G5 Sahel Joint Forces team composed of 6 staff to support the implementation of the G5 Sahel compliance framework, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution 2391 of 8 December 2017. The compliance framework constitutes a framework to reduce the risks of harm to civilians by the conduct of offensive military operations. It consists of an innovative package of actual and concrete mechanisms and measures to prevent, mitigate and address violations that could be committed by the FC-G5S during the conduct of its operations in all G5 Sahel countries, including Niger.
Partners and Donors
Partners: Ministry of Justice, Interdepartmental Committee in charge of drafting reports for treaty bodies and the UPR Working Group, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), civil society organizations, UN agencies, international and regional organizations.
Donors: Norway, UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO).
UN Human Rights Focus Areas
Mechanisms: Increasing implementation of the international human rights mechanisms outcomes
Peace and Security: Early warning, prevention & protection of human rights in situations of conflict & insecurity
Accountability: Strengthening rule of law and accountability for human rights violations
Non-discrimination: Enhancing equality and countering discrimination
People on the move
Persons with disabilities
Last reviewed: April 2020