Useful Information

OHCHR Human Rights
Programme for Asia-Pacific

Country Mandates Established
by the CHR/HRC

Standing invitations to Special Procedures

Regional Members of the Human Rights Council:

Bangladesh 2021

China 2023

Fiji 2021

India 2021

Indonesia 2022

Japan 2022

Marshall Islands 2022

Nepal 2023

Pakistan 2023

Philippines 2021

Republic of Korea 2022

Uzbekistan 2023

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 Human Rights Programme for Asia-Pacific (2006-2007)

Situation Analysis: One-third of the world's population, and two-thirds of those living on less than US$1 per day live in a region that experiences natural disasters, health epidemics, and, often, serious human rights violations. The human rights challenges in the Asia-Pacific region include inequality, discrimination, impunity, armed conflict and violence, democratic deficits, and weak institutions. Cooperation with international human rights mechanisms is mixed. The Asia-Pacific region has a low level of ratifications. While there are some encouraging signs that this situation may be changing, reporting to treaty bodies and compliance with their recommendations remains inadequate. Country and thematic special procedures are actively engaged, but cooperation with governments is uneven. While the Asia-Pacific region has a well-developed network of intergovernmental organizations, it remains the only region in the world without a comprehensive regional human rights instrument or an institutionalized regional human rights mechanism. National institutions and civil society organizations are growing and active but are still weak.

Regional Priorities and Strategies: The common goal of OHCHR country-engagement efforts in the Asia-Pacific region is to ensure that national actors, including government institutions, national institutions, and NGOs, provide redress to those rights-holders whose human rights are violated.

OHCHR’s strategy in the region during 2006-2007 will involve: strengthening country focus from Headquarters; increasing the human rights capacity of and support within United Nations peace missions, primarily in Afghanistan; supporting the country offices in Cambodia and Nepal; and supporting the human rights officer in the United Nations Country Team in Sri Lanka. OHCHR also intends to strengthen its existing regional office in Bangkok.

In case the mandate of the United Nations Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) is not extended beyond May 2006, OHCHR intends to deploy a human rights officer to work with the United Nations Country Team.

OHCHR will continue to work within the Asia-Pacific Regional Framework, in cooperation with Member States and Country Teams, focusing on the justiciability of economic, social, and cultural rights and establishing and strengthening national institutions. These activities will be carried out at a more focused regional level in the next biennium in keeping with OHCHR’s new regional structures.

Thematic issues, such as discrimination against minorities, including indigenous peoples, trafficking in human beings, especially women and children, migrant workers’s rights, economic, social, and cultural rights, and the rule of law, will also received focused attention.

In the Asia-Pacific Region, OHCHR’s field deployment is projected as follows:




To be established

Regional Offices Pacific (Suva) Southeast Asia (Bangkok)  
Country Offices Cambodia
UN Peace Missions Afghanistan
HR Advisors

Sri Lanka


Contact Information


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

Asia Pacific Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9650

Regional Offices/Centres

Officer in charge
Tel: 679 3310 46565
Fax: 679 3310 485
Address: Level 5, Kadavu House, Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji

South-East Asia
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Regional Office for South East Asia
6th Floor, United Nations Buidling, Rachadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200,
Tel. +66 2 288 1235,
Fax: +66 2 288 1039


UNDG-HRM Regional Human Rights Adviser
UNDG Asia and the Pacific
UN Service Building, 3rd Floor, Room 326
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Office: +66-2-304-9100 Ext. 5222
Skype: h.alefsen

Other OHCHR Offices

Sri Lanka
Timor Leste

Feature stories

Human rights meeting in the Asia-Pacific region

External links

International Criminal Court

Geneva Conventions

ILO Conventions

Refugee Conventions

National Institutions

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