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The Human Rights Office

What is the UN Human Rights Office and what does it do?

UN Human Rights, or the UN Human Rights Office, also known as Office of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR), is the leading UN entity on human rights, and has a mandate to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realization, by all people, of all human rights.

UN Human Rights has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland but works in many countries around the world.

In depth…

To fulfill its mandate, the Office’s activities include:

  • Providing technical assistance and expertise to Member States and supporting survivors of human rights violations, individuals and groups of individuals, and civil society, including youth organizations, in different areas of human rights.
  • Writing reports on different aspects and evolving areas of human rights and organizing meetings, seminars, consultations, and panel events, among others, to protect and promote human rights.
  • Raising awareness of human rights activities, promoting and engaging in dialogue with member States concerning human rights, coordinating UN human rights education and public information programmes, and making recommendations on how UN bodies can better protect and promote human rights.

Where can I learn more?

For more information, visit: ohchr.org

UN Human Rights Office Youth Steps

What steps has the UN Human Rights Office taken on youth rights?