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 South-East Asia Regional Office


The OHCHR Regional Office for South-East Asia was established in Bangkok in 2002 in order to strengthen OHCHR’s presence and partnerships in the region. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) hosts the Regional Office under a Memorandum of Intent signed with the High Commissioner for Human Rights in February 2001.

The Regional Office covers Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. It also supports OHCHR’s work elsewhere in the region.

The Regional Office for South-East Asia acts as an expert resource and plays a catalytic and convening role, helping to bring human rights standards and mechanisms into discussions on political, social, economic and developmental issues amongst governmental and non-governmental actors. A combination of advocacy on human rights issues of concern and technical support and capacity building with key partners has formed the basis of the Regional Office’s work, including with national government authorities, ASEAN, national human rights institutions, civil society and UN agencies and programmes. The Regional Office aims to integrate gender into all areas of its work.




One of the main objectives of the Regional Office is to strengthen engagement with the international human rights mechanisms and support the progressive implementation of international human rights law and standards in the region. This includes advocacy for increased ratification of international human rights instruments, follow-up to recommendations from various human rights mechanisms.

The Regional Office’s thematic priorities include:

  • Combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law with a focus on death penalty reform and the prevention of torture, including violence against women;
  • Strengthening early warning and protection of human rights in situations of conflict, violence and insecurity;
  • Widening the democratic space and protection of human rights defenders, with a focus on those working on land and natural resources;
  • Integrating human rights in development and in the economic sphere, with a focus on land related issues;
  • Promoting and protecting freedom of expression and addressing the issue of hate speech.

After more than a decade of work, the Regional Office has established a solid network of cooperation with States, Government agencies, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), civil society and UN Country Teams (UNCT) in the region. The regional office also collaborates with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), and facilitates and encourages the participation of NGOs in its activities.

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

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Geneva Conventions

ILO Conventions

Refugee Conventions

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