Useful Information

OHCHR Human Rights
Programme for Asia-Pacific

Country Mandates Established
by the CHR/HRC

Standing invitations to Special Procedures

Regional Members of the Human Rights Council:

Bangladesh 2021

China 2023

Fiji 2021

India 2021

Indonesia 2022

Japan 2022

Marshall Islands 2022

Nepal 2023

Pakistan 2023

Philippines 2021

Republic of Korea 2022

Uzbekistan 2023

Voluntary Pledges and Commitments


UN Human Rights Report 2019 UN Human Rights Report 2019
OHCHR Management Plan 2018-2021 OHCHR Management Plan 2018-2021
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 - Pacific Regional Office


The OHCHR Regional Office for the Pacific was established in Suva, Fiji, in 2005. It covers 16 countries of the Pacific region, namely: Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands Countries (PICs): Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Immense distances separate PICs from each other and they range in size from Niue (population of 1,600) to PNG (7 million). The majority of the population of PICs is indigenous and traditional structures and religious beliefs influence daily life.

The OHCHR Regional Office works closely with UN partners in the region, civil society organisations, National Human Rights Institutions as well as regional organisations including: the Secretariat of the Pacific Community/Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the Asia Pacific Forum.


The main activities undertaken by the OHCHR Regional Office revolve around the following:

  • Providing expert advice and technical assistance to governments, regional organizations, civil society, and other stakeholders;
  • Strengthening National Human Rights Protection Systems in the Region;
  • Encouraging and assisting governments and civil society in the region to actively engage with the international human rights mechanisms: treaty bodies, special procedures and in particular the Universal Periodic Review (UPR);
  • Monitoring, documenting and reporting on human rights violations and issues;
  • Strengthening civil society’s ability to monitor and document human rights violations.
  • Promoting and mainstreaming human rights in development activities and humanitarian response;
  • Promoting human rights through advocacy and awareness raising.

Thematic focus areas include: prevention of torture and ill-treatment; prevention of sexual and gender based violence (including sorcery related violence); promotion of accountability and combating impunity; promotion of housing and land rights; work in the area of business and human rights; countering discrimination with a focus on women, LGBTI, indigenous peoples as well as migrants and asylum seekers and protection of human rights in emergencies.

Contact Information


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

Asia Pacific Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9650

Regional Offices/Centres

Officer in charge
Tel: 679 3310 46565
Fax: 679 3310 485
Address: Level 5, Kadavu House, Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji

South-East Asia
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Regional Office for South East Asia
6th Floor, United Nations Buidling, Rachadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200,
Tel. +66 2 288 1235,
Fax: +66 2 288 1039


UNDG-HRM Regional Human Rights Adviser
UNDG Asia and the Pacific
UN Service Building, 3rd Floor, Room 326
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
Office: +66-2-304-9100 Ext. 5222
Skype: h.alefsen

Other OHCHR Offices

Sri Lanka
Timor Leste

Feature stories

Human rights meeting in the Asia-Pacific region

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