OHCHR

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Committee Description

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was established in December 1993, and it continues to work as the principal human rights office of the UN in compliance with the international human rights treaties and the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Alongside supervising the Human Rights Council in Geneva, OHCHR primarily focuses on promoting human rights without distinction as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. OHCHR ensures the protection of human rights under severe circumstances of violence, conflict, and insecurity.

OHCHR, in the region of Europe and Central Asia, is mostly concerned on the issues of the lack of education opportunities, human trafficking, ill-treatment, lack of civil participation and gender inequality. The Central Asia Regional Office established in 2008 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan covers several countries such as Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan while promoting the promotion of social stability alongside civil support and capacity building . Based in Brussels, the Regional Office in Europe encourages governments to engage with the international human rights mechanisms, and works towards implementing a human-rights based approach in domestic and international cooperation as well as in safe migration policies.

Agenda

Alleviating the issue of sex trafficking in Balkans

Tackling the issue of shrinking civic space

Addressing the issue of torture and ill treatment in Central Asia