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 (2006-2007)


The OHCHR Regional Office for Asia-Pacific 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.

In the 2006-2007 biennium, the Office has been reorganized into a new Regional Office for South-East Asia, covering eleven countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam.

2006-2007 Programme

During 2006-2007 the Bangkok Office will assist South-East Asian states with the establishment of a regional human rights mechanism; the ratification of international human rights instruments; the implementation of the recommendations of treaty bodies and special procedures; the drafting of anti-terrorism measures in accordance with international human rights standards; the strengthening of the administration of justice; legislative reform; and the development of human rights education programmes.

The Regional Office will focus on providing human rights training programmes for various target groups to strengthen national capacities to promote and protect human rights. The Regional Office will work closely together with the Asia Pacific Forum to encourage, wherever appropriate, the establishment or strengthening of national human rights institutions, in line with the Paris Principles.

The Regional Office will render human rights advice and support to the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations agencies and further develop strategic relationships with United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs). It will participate actively in the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) processes at all stages. One UNCT training workshop on the human rights based approach will be carried out in one of the priority countries per year, and at critical stages during the CCA/UNDAF process, wherever appropriate.

Advice will be provided to UNESCAP regarding human rights related aspects of its activities and a training workshop on the human rights-based approach will be carried out for UNESCAP staff once a year.

Expected Accomplishments

Strengthened networks of civil society actors and human rights defenders, particularly with regard to key thematic concerns: trafficking, good governance, human rights education, discrimination, and migration.

Enhanced national protection systems.

Integration of a human rights-based approach in the programmes and activities of UNESCAP and UNCTs in the region.

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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