The UN Human Rights Adviser’s Unit (HRAU) in Papua New Guinea provides advice to the UN Country Team in Papua New Guinea on critical human rights issues. The HRAU provides technical advice and capacity building support to the Government of Papua New Guinea to fulfil its international human rights obligations. The HRAU also works with civil society to strengthen their capacity to monitor and report on human rights violations in the country and engage with the UN Human Rights Mechanisms.
Type of engagement
Human Rights Adviser
Port Moresby, Buka
Annual budget needs
- In February 2018, the HRAU facilitated the first ever visit of a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to the country, advancing dialogue on critical issues inlcuding the estasblihment of a National Human Rights Commission, abolishing the death penalty, and strengthening rule of law.
- In September 2018 the Bougainville House of Representatives established a parliamentary committee on Gender Equality and Human Rights, with HRAU support.
- In partnership with the Bomana Police Training College, the HRAU has strengthened the capacity of 260 police officers in eight provinces to respect and protect human rights.
- Members of the Ombudsman Commission and law enforcement authorities have been trained by OHCHR on detention monitoring.
- The HRAU provides technical advice on the implementation of the Sorcery Accusation Related Violence National Action Plan.
- The HRAU strengthens the capacity of Government and civil society to engage with the UN Human Rights mechanisms, including to establish a National Mechanism for Reporting and Follow-up and techncial support in treaty reporting.
Partners and Donors
Partners: UN Country Team in PNG, IOM, Government of Papua New Guinea, Department of Justice and Attorney General, PNG Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Bomana Police Training College, PNG Ombudsman Commission, PNG Correctional Services, Delegation of the European Union to PNG, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Oxfam.
Donors: Australian, Peace Building Fund.
UN Human Rights Focus Areas
Mechanisms: Increasing implementation of the international human rights mechanisms outcomes
Development: Integrating human rights in sustainable development
Accountability: Strengthening rule of law and accountability for human rights violations
Non discrimination: Enhancing equality and countering discrimination
Participation: Enhancing & protecting civic space and people's participation
Peace and Security: Early warning, prevention & protection of human rights in situations of conflict & insecurity
People on the move
Digital space & emerging technologies
Persons with disabilities
Last reviewed: July 2020