Información útil

Programa de Derechos Humanos de la OACDH para la Región de Africa

18 August 2011: Publication: 'la justice transitionnelle: une voie vers la reconciliation et la construction d'une paix durable', Conference paper 1/2011, Dealing with the past.

Publicación bimestral sobre los derechos humanos y la democracia en la Subregión:
Septiembre 2011
Julio 2011

Mandatos sobre la situación en diversos países establecidos por la CHR/CDH

Invitación abierta a los Procedimientos Especiales

Miembros regionales del Consejo de Derechos Humanos:

Angola 2020

Burkina Faso 2021

Camerún 2021

República Democrática del Congo 2020

Eritrea 2021

Nigeria 2020

Rwanda 2019

Senegal 2020

Somalia 2021

Africa del Sur 2019

Togo 2021

Compromisos y contribuciones voluntarias

Calendario de eventos


Informe 2018 de derechos humanos de la ONU Informe 2018 de derechos humanos de la ONU *
Plan estratégico de gestión del ACNUDH 2018-2021 Plan estratégico de gestión del ACNUDH 2018-2021*
Derechos humanos en acción Derechos humanos en acción (PDF)*
Manual para las ONG Manual para las ONG (PDF) *

OACDH – Oficina Regional para Africa Occidental (2008-2009)

Human rights context

West Africa is currently the most volatile subregion of the continent, with most States immersed in various degrees of political, economic and humanitarian crises. The subregion is host to some 25,000 troops as a result of the presence of UN peacekeeping and peace-building missions in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Violations and abuses of human rights are the root causes of the various crises in the subregion. Such crises, especially armed conflict,when they flare up in one country have repercussions in others because of cross-border ethnic relations, a high level of migration in the region and the inter-related economies. Conflicts have also created added pressures due to the large flows of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) they have generated. There are also problems associated with cross-border involvement in conflicts and the presence of mercenaries from within and outside the region participating in conflicts. These diverse experiences underline the need for a long-term strategy aimed at addressing root causes of conflict while dealing in the short and medium term with its consequences. Arms, combatants, child soldiers, as well as HIV and AIDS and other epidemics, continue to spread across the region. Communities hosting refugees and returning migrants are over-burdened and government social services in many countries are on the verge of collapse.

The mandate of the West Africa Regional Office, expected to be operational in early 2008, is to help develop engagement strategies for countries of the region; cooperate with subregional intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations; and function as resource centre for country offices, human rights advisers and human rights components of peace operations deployed in the region. In this regard, OHCHR will in particular continue to work with the human rights component of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA).

The Regional Office will cover Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Its work will be complementary to that of existing OHCHR presences in the region, namely the country office in Togo and the human rights components of peace missions in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

OHCHR will address issues relating to impunity and the rule of law, migration, trafficking in persons, economic, social and cultural rights, and integrating a rights-based approach into the policies and programmes of the UN Country Teams and other partners, including regional organizations.


In its initial phase, the Office will focus on increasing the capacity of the human rights components of peace missions and establishing cooperative relations with countries where OHCHR has no presence, including Benin, Burkina Faso and Cape Verde. As part of its development phase, the Office will identify relevant thematic priorities in consultation with Member States, national human rights institutions, NGOs and UN Country Teams in the region.

The Office will advocate for the development of strong national protection mechanisms, including national human rights institutions and civil society networks, and will assist States in this endeavour.

OHCHR will initiate discussions on key thematic issues, such as impunity, migration and trafficking in persons, and will encourage regional-level focus on issues of common concern by releasing reports and statements.

The Office will build partnerships to develop activities and programmes to address regional human rights challenges with other UN agencies, UN Country Teams, national institutions and regional organizations. The Office will also serve as a platform for sharing regional experience and best practices, particularly in the areas of impunity, poverty and discrimination.

OHCHR will advocate for treaty ratification, reporting and follow-up. It will also promote greater engagement with the special procedures through referral of individual complaints and support for mandate-holder visits. It will help develop appropriate mechanisms for treaty reporting and follow-up to recommendations by both special procedures and treaty bodies 


Sede principal

División de Creación de Capacidad y de Operaciones sobre el Terreno
Todos los contactos se encuentra en Ginebra, Suiza.

Unidad para África
Teléfono: +41 22 928 93 60

Oficinas/Centros Regionales

Africa Central
2010-2011 (en inglés)
2006-2007* (Yaounde, Camerún)
Nouvelle route Bastos
Rue 1705, Numéro 606
B.P. 836
Yaoundé, Camerún
Tel.: +237 2221 2474 +23 74 83 03 56 ;
74 83 01 78
+8821 637 220 464 (satellite)
Fax: (237) 221 2475

Africa Oriental
(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
New ECA Building
Room 1N16
P.O.Box 3001
Addis Ababa
Tel.: (251 11) 544 3105 Fax: (251 11) 551 6078

Africa Meridional
Regional Office for Southern Africa
UN House, Metropark Building
351 Francis Baard Street
P.O. Box 6541
Pretoria 0001
South Africa
Tel.: +27 12 354 8686
Fax: +27 12 354 8681

Africa Occidental
United Nations Office for West Africa Almadies Ouest Lot N°14 B.P. 23851
Tel.: + 221 869 85 85
Fax: +221 569 1881

Otras Oficinas de la OACDH en la Región de Asia y el Pacífico

Cote d'Ivoire
República Democrática del Congo
Sierra Leone

Artículos de interés


Enlaces externos

Corte Penal Internacional

Convenciones de Ginebra

Convenios de la OIT

Conveciones de los Refugiados

Comisión Africana sobre Derechos Humanos y de los Pueblos

Corte Africana de Derechos Humanos

Unión Africana

Comunidad Económica de los Estados del Centro de Africa

Comunidad Económica y Monetaria del Africa Central

Instituciones Nacionales

Nota : La OACDH no se responsabiliza del contenido de los enlaces externos.