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UN Human Rights in IRAQ


The Human Rights Office works to advance "Human Rights Every Day for All Iraqis".

Under the human rights mandate of UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 2522 of 29 May 2020 the UNAMI Human Rights Office works with the Government of Iraq, the government of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, local governments, national human rights institutions, and civil society to promote human rights throughout Iraq in an impartial manner. The Chief of Human Rights Office also represents the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Iraq and works closely with other UN agencies, funds and programmes to ensure that the fundamental rights of everyone in Iraq are at the core of their work. In 2019, two additional thematic mandates of Conflict-related Sexual Violence and Child Protection were integrated into the work of the Office.

The Office has staff working in Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Kirkuk, and Mosul. Through civil society partners, the United Nationals Country Team and ordinary citizens, the Office monitors the human rights situation and verifies alleged violations no matter where or by whom they are committed. In the Kurdistan Region, the Office coordinates with the Kurdistan Regional Government and civil society on issues of concern in the region. More information on the work carried out by the UNAMI office.

Type of engagement Human rights office within a political mission
Year established 2003
Field offices Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Kirkuk and Mosul.

UN Human Rights Focus Areas

Thematic pillars
  • Accountability: Strengthening rule of law and accountability for human rights violations
  • Participation: Enhancing & protecting civic space and people's participation
  • Peace and Security: Early warning, prevention & protection of human rights in situations of conflict & insecurity
  • Mechanisms: Increasing implementation of the outcomes of the international human rights mechanisms
  • Inequalities
  • Civic space
  • Prevention
Spotlight populations
  • Women

Last reviewed: May 2021