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Established in 2009, the Regional Office for South America (ROSA) is working with State institutions, civil society organizations, regional and international organizations and the UN in order to strengthen their capacities in promoting and protecting all human rights. The Office currently establishes work agreements with governments and other entities for the new planning period 2018-21 in seven countries, on technical assistance in legislation and policies, as well as training and capacity building in all thematic areas.
The Office deployed national Human Rights Advisors to support the UN Resident Coordinators in all countries. Read more about OHCHR in South America.
In line with the mandate of the High Commissioner/OHCHR (GA resolution 48/141), the Regional Office for Central America and Dominican Republic (RO-CADR), based in Panama City (Panama), promotes and protects human rights, through the monitoring of human rights situations, technical assistance and advisory services to the State, national institutions, and civil society of the countries of the region. It works primarily on poverty and inequality, non-discrimination, insecurity and violence, rule of law and impunity issues. It cooperates closely with the UN Resident Coordinators (RC) and UN country teams (UNCT), regional human rights mechanisms, the LAC Regional UN Development Cooperation Office (DCO) and ILO, IOM, PAHO, UN Women, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNEP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF and UNODC.
At country level, it cooperates with the RC/UNCTs, through a network of International/National Human Rights Advisors/Officers to support RCs in Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama. The Regional Office team also has a Regional Gender Adviser and a Focal Point on Treaty Bodies and Capacity Building. OHCHR participates in the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) in the aforementioned countries on people on the move, gender, indigenous peoples, protection and people deprived of their liberty and risks, emergencies and disasters for Latin America and the Caribbean. Read more about OHCHR in Central America and Dominican Republic.
Under the leadership of the OHCHR Regional Representative for Central America and the Dominican Republic based in Panama, Human Rights Advisors are deployed to the United Nations Country Teams (UNCT) in Barbados/Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Together, they cover Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Read more about OHCHR in English speaking Caribbean and Suriname.