OHCHR began operating in Somalia in 2008 through the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), focusing on human rights monitoring and capacity-building. As UNPOS’s successor mission, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia's (UNSOM) Human Rights and Protection Group (HRPG), was established by Security Council Resolution 2102 (2013) of 2 May 2013 and started operating on 3 June 2013.
HRPG has a broad mandate to carry out monitoring and capacity-building, as well as to mainstream human rights within the activities of the UN Country Team and Humanitarian Country Team. Activities include monitoring and reporting on the situation of human rights, engaging civil society and other partners, support for the government, strengthening security forces compliance with human rights standards and norms, implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP), engagement with other governments and diplomatic missions/ mechanisms. More about OHCHR in Somalia.