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OHCHR Human Rights Programme for Africa

Latest activities

Establishment of the Human Rights Resource Centre at the Oliver Tambo Law Library, University of Pretoria, South 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.

Bi-monthly publication on human rights and democracy in the sub region:
September 2011
July 2011

10 years at the service of Central Africa

Country Mandates Established
by the CHR/HRC

Open invitation to Special Procedures

Regional Members of the Human Rights Council:

Botswana 2017
Congo 2017
Côte d'Ivoire 2015
Ethiopia 2015
Gabon 2015
Ghana 2017
Kenya 2015
Namibia 2016
Nigeria 2017
Sierra Leone 2015
South Africa 2016

Voluntary Pledges and Commitments


OHCHR report 2014 OHCHR Report 2014
OHCHR Management Plan 2014-2017 OHCHR Management Plan 2014-2017
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 - East Africa Regional Office (2006-2007)


OHCHR regional office for East Africa, based in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia , was established in 2002. The core functions of the Office are to: serve as OHCHR office in the region developing and implementing country engagement strategies requiring more focused attention in East Africa; mainstream human rights in the work of the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as well as other sub-regional intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations; and, support United Nations Country Teams and UN offices in the region by providing relevant thematic expertise for capacity-building, fact-finding, advocacy, and other activities. 

2006-2007 Programme

In 2006-2007, the programme of the Regional Office will include: strengthening the capacity of United Nations Country Teams to support national human rights protection systems and further integrate human rights in their programs; strengthening national human rights protection systems which includes government officials, the judiciary, the parliament, national human rights institutions, the police, the prison, and civil society organisations; and ensuring increased capacity of continental and regional actors (including African Union, Economic Commission for Africa, the Inter Governmental Authority for Development, the East African Community and other Regional Economic Communities) in developing the necessary human, financial and institutional resources and the expertise, to strengthen regional and national protection systems and to support rights holders to effectively claim their rights.

Expected Accomplishments

Integration of a human rights approach into UNCT common programming and enhanced participation of the UN system in supporting national human rights protection systems

Improved national reporting on and implementation of treaty obligations.

Strengthened capacity of the judiciary and law enforcement agents to uphold human rights in the administration of justice.

Engagement of parliamentarians in human rights

Strengthened civil society organizations.  

Contact Information


Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD)
Contact is in Geneva, Switzerland.

Africa Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9694

Regional Offices/Centres

Central Africa
(Yaounde, Cameroon)
Nouvelle route Bastos
Rue 1705, Numéro 606
B.P. 836
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Tel.: +237 2221 2474 +23 74 83 03 56 ;
74 83 01 78
+8821 637 220 464 (satellite)
Fax: (237) 221 2475
Website: http://www.cnudhd.org/

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

Southern Africa
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
E-mail: rosa@ohchr.org

West Africa

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

Other OHCHR Offices

Cote d'Ivoire
Democratic Republic of Congo
Sierra Leone

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