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Members by region of the Human Rights Council

OHCHR in the Field

Regional Offices

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Human Rights Advisers

Action 2

Technical Cooperation Programme

National Human Rights Institutions


UN Human Rights Report 2018 UN Human Rights Report 2018
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)

Human Rights Advisors

Human rights advisers are deployed at the request of UN Resident Coordinators on behalf of the UNCTs. Advisers support and assist the Resident Coordinators, Heads of UN agencies and members of UNCTs to integrate human rights in their programming strategies and on its implementation as well as to build and strengthen national human rights capacities. Other functions include: advising and providing training to independent national human rights institutions and other stakeholders; advising State actors on the promotion and protection of human rights and other UN norms and standards; building networks with, and providing practical support to, civil society actors; providing operational support to human rights training and/or national capacity-building activities; promoting engagement with the international human rights mechanisms; and when applicable, advising on integrating human rights in humanitarian response and post-crisis recovery processes.

Human rights advisers are normally funded through extrabudgetary contributions. In some instances, cost-sharing agreements have been concluded with UNDP or relevant UNCTs and other UN entities at the country level.

Since 2013, new HRA deployments are carried out under the framework of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Human Rights Mainstreaming Mechanism (UNDG-HRM)* co-chaired by OHCHR and funded through a Multi-Donor Trust Fund to support the implementation of the 2012 UNDG strategy for the deployment of new human rights advisers.

In 2018, OHCHR had 27 Advisers in Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados (UN Regional Team for Barbados and Eastern Caribbean Countries), Belarus, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, FYR of Macedonia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Moldova, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Southern Caucasus (Tbilisi), Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, and Zimbabwe.

Details on the individual field presences can be found in the relevant sections of the Office Management Plan 2018-2021.

Africa region

Middle East and North Africa region

Asia Pacific region

Europe and Central Asia region

Americas region

Human Rights Advisors
  • Jordan
  • Belarus
  • Republic of Moldova

Contact Information

Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD)
All contacts are in Geneva, Switzerland.

Africa Branch
Tel. +41 22 917 9220

Middle East and North Africa Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9153

Asia Pacific Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9650

Europe and Central Asia Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9291

Americas Section
Tel. + 41 22 928 9167

Peace Missions Support Section
Tel. +41 22 917 9220

National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section
Tel. +41 22 928 9467

Coordinator Voluntary Fund for Technical Co-operation
Tel. +41 22 928 9287

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