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OHCHR Human Rights Programme for the Americas

Country Mandates Established
by the CHR/HRC

Standing invitations to Special Procedures

Regional Members of the Human Rights Council:

Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 2017
Brazil 2019
Cuba 2016
Ecuador 2018
El Salvador 2017
Mexico 2016
Panama 2018
Paraguay 2017
United States of America 2019
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 2018

Voluntary Pledges and Commitments


OHCHR report 2015 OHCHR Report 2015
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 – Regional Office for Central America


The OHCHR Regional Office for Central America was established in Panama City, Panama, following the signature of an agreement between OHCHR and the Government of Panama on 15 February 2007.

The Regional Office for Central America covers the countries of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama, as well as regional issues and activities. It also covers the Dominican Republic until a human rights advisor is deployed.

The Regional Office promotes awareness and dissemination of human rights standards and the implementation of recommendations made to the countries of the region by international and regional human rights mechanisms. The Regional Office also promotes dialogue and cooperation between the mechanisms of the Inter-American Human Rights System and the ones of the United Nations in order to coordinate interventions and ensure maximum impact on the ground.

The Regional Office works with governments, national human rights institutions and civil society organizations to promote and protect human rights. It engages regularly with UN country teams in the countries covered and is an active member of the Regional UN Development Group Team for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The thematic priorities of the Regional Office are:

  • Poverty and inequality, with emphasis on the justiciability of economic, social and cultural rights and the integration of human rights standards and principles in development plans and activities.
  • Combatting discrimination, particularly against people of African descent and indigenous people, as well as women, LGBT and migrants.
  • Early warning and protection of human rights in the context of conflict, insecurity and violence, including violence against women, with actions aimed at influencing public policies at the national and regional levels and at the integration of human rights in the training of police forces.
  • Strengthening the rule of law and the fight against impunity, particularly in relation to promoting the effective implementation of international human rights standards by the judiciary.


The Regional Office’s activities include:

  • The establishment of inter-institutional participatory mechanisms to report and/or follow up on recommendations of treaty bodies, special procedures and the UPR.
  • The development, jointly with national human rights institutions in the region, of intervention protocols for cases of human rights violations concerning Afro-descendants and indigenous peoples.
  • Supporting civil society organizations in the region to increase their use of international human rights protection mechanisms.
  • Interaction with the Central American Integration System (SICA) to strengthen the application of a human rights approach to the implementation of the new regional security strategy.
  • The elaboration of a Latin American model of protocol for the investigation of gender-related killings of women.
  • Providing technical assistance to judicial academies in the region on the inclusion of human rights training in their educational curricula.
Greater integration of human rights standards and principles in the inter-agency work of the United Nations at the national and regional level, particularly in the humanitarian and development areas.

For more detailed information, please visit www.oacnudh.org

    Contact Information


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

    Americas Section
    Tel. + 41 22 928 9167

    Regional Offices/Centres

    Regional Representative for South America
    Av. Dag Hammerskjöld 3269, Vitacura Santiago de Chile, Chile
    Telephone number: (562) 2321-7750
    Fax: (562) 2263-4978
    E-mail: ohchr-santiago@ohchr.org


    Regional Representative for Central America
    Panama City, Panama
    Casa de las Naciones Unidas
    Edificio 128,
    3er. piso,
    Ciudad del Saber, Clayton
    Panama City,
    Tel: (507) 302 4500
    Fax: (507) 302 4694
    Email: Pregionaloffice@ohchr.org
    Website: http://www.oacnudh.org/

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