OHCHR country offices/stand-alone offices are established on the basis of a standard agreement between OHCHR and the host government. The mandate of a country office/stand-alone office includes human rights observation, protection, technical cooperation activities and public reporting. Activities of a country office are developed in consultation with the concerned government, based on an assessment of human rights concerns and the capacity of national and international actors involved in human rights work, as well as on the most effective means available to OHCHR for addressing gaps. Country and stand-alone offices are mostly funded by voluntary contributions.
Country offices vary in size, depending on the phase of deployment and the nature of the work undertaken. They report annually to the High Commissioner, and their reports are presented to the Human Rights Council in accordance with their mandate either independently or as part of the High Commissioner’s report.
In 2020, UN Human Rights had offices in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Syria, State of Palestine, Tunisia, Yemen, Ukraine, Chad, Guinea, Niger, Liberia, Sudan, Uganda, Mauritania, OHCHR Structure in Seoul, Cambodia.
Activities by country offices include monitoring, public reporting, provision of technical assistance, and the monitoring and development of long-term national capacities to address human rights issues.
Details on the individual field presences can be found in the relevant sections of the Office Management Plan 2018-2021.
* Reference to the State of Palestine should be understood in compliance with UNGA resolution 67/19.