Middle East and North Africa Section

Profile

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Section in the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD) is based at OHCHR headquarters in Geneva and covers 19 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The MENA Section is responsible for the day-to-day work of OHCHR in the MENA region, such as following human rights developments at the national and regional levels, interacting with governments, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), civil society actors and the UN system, and engaging with the international human rights mechanisms.

The MENA Section provides substantive, programmatic, budgetary and human resource support and strategic oversight to the OHCHR field presences in the MENA region.

Furthermore, the MENA Section supports the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People.


Type of engagement
Headquarters

UN Human Rights Focus Areas


Thematic pillars
  • Accountability: Strengthening rule of law and accountability for human rights violations
  • Mechanisms: Increasing implementation of the outcomes of the international human rights mechanisms
  • Participation: Enhancing & protecting civic space and people’s participation
  • Peace and security: Preventing violations and strengthening protection of human rights, including in situations of conflict and insecurity
  • Non-discrimination: Enhance equality and counter discrimination
  • Development: Integrating human rights in sustainable development
Shifts
  • Prevention
  • People on the move
  • Civic space
  • Global constituency
  • Equality (Frontier issues)
  • Climate Change (Frontier issues)
Spotlight populations
  • Women
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Young people

Last reviewed: May 2021




Regional Office of the Middle East and North Africa


Contact Information

Headquarters

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

Middle East and North Africa Section
Tel. + 41 22 917 9777

Office

Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais Wilson - 52 rue des Pâquis
1201 Geneva, Switzerland.
Email: registry@ohchr.org

Regional Offices/Centres

Middle East and North Africa
Regional Office of the Middle East and North Africa
Beirut, Lebanon
Arab African International Bank Building
Banks Street,
Downtown Beirut, Lebanon
P.O.Box: 11-3216
Tel: 00 961 1 962 500
Fax: 00 961 1 962 555
E-mail: relhage@ohchr.org

Centre for South-West Asia and the Arab Region
(Doha, Qatar)
P.O. Box 23514, Doha – Qatar
Tel: +974 44932544 – 44935791
Fax: +974 44935790
E-mail: DohaCentre@ohchr.org
Arabic website

Regional Office of Middle East and North Africa Website

OHCHR Country offices in MENA