United Nations Centre for Human Rights (CHR)

Centre pour les droits de l'homme des Nations Unies
Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas

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28 July 1982, when listed title was adopted, having functioned previously as 'Division of Human Rights'. Acted within the framework of United Nations (UN), being the Secretariat Unit of the United Nations most concerned with human rights questions. Ceased to exist, 15 Sep 1997, when absorbed into Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).


Assist the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Human Rights Commission of the Economic and Social Council and other organs of the United Nations in the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms as envisaged in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international conventions on human rights concluded under the auspices of the United Nations and various resolutions of the General Assembly.

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Serves as focal point of the United Nations in the field of human rights; assists in drafting international instruments on human rights being discussed by human rights organs; carries out research and studies on human rights at the request of the organs concerned; follows up and prepares reports on the implementation of human rights; deals with urgent communications concerning allegations of violations of human rights under existing confidential procedures; provides substantive services to ad hoc activities decided by the General Assembly or the Commission on Human Rights, in the form of special working groups or special rapporteurs which carry out on-site missions; administers the programme of advisory services and technical cooperation in the field of human rights; prepares international seminars and training courses in all regions of the world on major human rights questions; supervises the annual programme of fellowships for governmental officials dealing with issues of human rights; promotes the establishment and strengthening of national institutions responsible for the protection and promotion of human rights, in order to encourage the implementation of the existing international standards and instruments. A fax 'Hot Line' (41 22 917 00 92) is available to victims of human rights violations, their relatives and non-governmental organizations, and allows the Centre to respond quickly to emergencies.

The Centre manages:

 • United Nations Trust Fund for Human Rights Education Programme in Cambodia;

 • Trust Fund for the Programme of Action for the Third Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination;

 • United Nations Voluntary Fund for the Former Yugoslavia;

 • United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations;

 • United Nations Voluntary Fund for Internally Displaced Persons;

 • United Nations Voluntary Fund for the International Decade of the World Indigenous People;

 • United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights;

 • United Nations Voluntary Fund for Rwanda;

 • United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture.

Special Procedures Branch services United Nations Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 20 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 22 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Peace
    • Rights
  • Freedom
    • Freedom

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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