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 - Pacific Regional Office (2006-2007)


The first OHCHR presence in the Pacific dates back to August 2001. The initial project was aimed at supporting the peace process in the Solomon Islands in the wake of civil unrest in the country (1999 – October 2000). A further project to strengthen the national human rights institutional capacities was fielded in 2003 for a period of one year. After a brief hiatus, OHCHR returned to the Pacific region in August 2005 and established a regional office in Suva , Fiji. In August 2006, a sub-office was opened in Honiara , Solomon Islands. Further, a Human Rights adviser will be placed in the Papua New Guinea UN Country Team (UNCT) during 2007.

The regional office is covering the 16 member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum (Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu). 

2006-2007 Programme

OHCHR is contributing to increasing the knowledge of international human rights norms and standards as well as that of UN human rights mechanisms by all stakeholders in the region. Through a cooperative and consultative approach, OHCHR is supporting country-based and regional initiatives aimed at reinforcing national protection systems. Such cooperation is undertaken with States, civil society, the Pacific Islands Forum and other national and regional partners.

One of the main priorities identified for the Regional Office is the promotion of ratification of core human rights treaties and support to reporting and implementation obligations. Cooperation by OHCHR also includes initiatives such as assisting in the establishment of national human rights institutions. The Pacific office further assists in empowering rights holders and reinforcing national protection mechanism.

Awareness raising activities, dissemination of information and training on human rights are leading towards a better understanding of the concept of human rights, and it is expected that such activities would contribute to increased use of human rights norms and standards by State and non-State actors.

OHCHR further strengthens the capacity of the UN Country Teams (based in Fiji , Samoa and Papua New Guinea) by mainstreaming human rights in selected strategic activities, including through formulation and implementation of UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) processes, in order to increase its impact on development and humanitarian issues.

Expected Accomplishments

Increased use by rights-holders of international human rights norms and mechanisms.

Increased ratification of and reporting under international human rights treaties.

Strengthened national protection systems.

Enhanced capacity of the UNCT to promote and protect human rights.  

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

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