Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) started as a small division at the United Nations Headquarters in the 1940s. In 1980s, the division was moved to Geneva and upgraded to the Centre for Human Rights.
Logo of OHCHR

Logo of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


In 1993, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was established by General Assembly Resolution when the international community decided to established a more robust human rights mandate with stronger institutional support.

The OHCHR is mandated to promote and protect all human rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which describes the human rights that everyone is entitled to enjoy right of life, liberty and security, right to adequate healthcare and education.

The OHCHR also acts as the secretariat to the Human Rights Council, the key United Nations intergovernmental body responsible for promoting and protecting human rights.

December 10 is observed as International Human Rights Day around the world.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is part of the United Nations. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has an office at the United Nations headquarters in New York and offices in several countries and regions.

The OHCHR is funded 40 percent from the United Nations regular budget while the remainder from voluntary contributions, primarily from Member States.

Main works of the OHCHR are:
  • setting human rights and standards
  • monitoring and reporting
  • integrating human rights into the work of the entire United Nations system
  • technical cooperation and advisory services to countries
  • servicing the Human Rights Council and human rights treaty bodies and help translate human rights principles into the laws of States
  • provide advice, training and capacity-building for judges, prisons and law enforcement personnel, civil society, governments and academics
  • managing trust funds that deliver funds to activists working to help victims of torture and modern slavery and indigenous people


Screenshot of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


The official website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) features:
  • Issues: Human rights instruments and all issues
  • Human rights by country
  • Where OHCHR works
  • Human rights bodies: All human rights bodies, human rights council, universal periodic review, special procedures and treaty bodies
  • Publications, databases and resources

Address:   Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais Wilson
52 rue des Paquis
CH-1201 Geneva
Switzerland
Twitter:   http://twitter.com/unhumanrights
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Nations-Human-Rights/207918945891587
Website:   www.ohchr.org/


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Guide ID: 504 - Last Updated: October 25, 2016