Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
(OHCHR)


In his report to of 9 September 2002 to the United Nations General Assembly (A/57/387, Mr. Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, underlined that “The capacity of the United Nations to help individual countries to build strong human rights institutions will be strengthened…Building strong human rights institutions at the country level is what in the long run will ensure that human rights are protected and advanced in a sustained manner. The emplacement or enhancement of a national protection system in each country, reflecting international human rights norms, should therefore be a principal objective of the Organisation. These activities are especially important in countries emerging from conflict.”

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is according priority to the establishment and strengthening of national human rights institutions in accordance with the relevant international standards (the “Paris Principles”, adopted in 1993 by the General Assembly). It continues to provide practical advice to the growing number of countries requesting it, works for the improvement of United Nations system–wide coordination in the work of national institutions, and supports an increased participation of national institutions in appropriate United Nations human rights and other international fora. OHCHR encourages the sharing of best practices among national institutions and facilitates their access to relevant information. It also supports the strengthening of regional networks of national institutions.

This work is led by a National Institutions Unit, located within the Capacity Building
and Field Operations Branch. To date the Unit has:

  • Provided information, advice and/or assistance to governments or administrations on establishing national institutions

  • Continued to support a number of established national human rights institutions or similar bodies

  • Conducted several missions related to meetings, seminars and workshops through which advice and assistance was provided to governments; undertaken technical co-operation needs assessment and project formulation missions; trained staff of national human rights institutions and senior staff of other UN agencies and programme

  • Responded to numerous requests from governments and NGOs seeking general information concerning national human rights institutions 

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    National Institutions Unit

     

    Mr. Gianni MAGAZZENI

    Unit Coordinator

     

    Room 4-26

    48 Avenue Motta

    Geneva, Switzerland

    Tel: +41 22 928 9212

    Fax: +41 22 928 9018

    EM: gmagazzeni@ohchr.org

    Ms. Jacqueline BROUSSIN
    Programme Assistant


    Room 4-25

    48 Avenue Motta

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Tel: +41 22 928 9283
    Fax: +41 22 928 9018

    EM: jbroussin@ohchr.org

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    Mr. Santiago MARTINEZ DE ORENSE
    Human Rights Officer

     

    Room 4-24

    48 Avenue Motta

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Tel: +41 22 928 9352
    Fax: +41 22 928 9018
    EM: smartinez-orense@ohchr.org

    Ms. Chedra BULLOCK
    Secretary

     

    Room 4-25

    48 Avenue Motta

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Tel: +41 22 928 9663
    Fax: +41 22 928 9018
    EM: cbullock@ohchr.org

     

     

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    Mr. Martin SEUTCHEU
    Human Rights Officer

     

    Room 4-22

    48 Avenue Motta

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Tel: +41 22 928 9618
    Fax: +41 22 928 9018

    EM: mseutcheu@ohchr.org

    Mr. Jeroen KLOK
    Associate Human Rights Officer

     

    Room 4-28

    48 Avenue Motta

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Tel: +41 22 928 9368
    Fax: +41 22 928 9018
    EM: jklok@ohchr.org

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    Ms. Liza SEKAGGYA
    Associate Human Rights Officer


    Room 4-28

    48 Avenue Motta

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Tel: +41 22 928 9416
    Fax: +41 22 928 9018
    EM:
    lsekaggya@ohchr.org

    Ms. Francesca ALBANESE
    Associate Expert

     

    Room 4-27

    48 Avenue Motta

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Tel: +41 22 928 9227
    Fax: +41 22 928 9018
    EM:
    falbanese@ohchr.org

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    Ms. Joana Ali
    Intern


    Room 4-23
    48 Avenue Motta
    Geneva, Switzerland

    Tel: +41 22 928 9858
    Fax: +41 22 928 9018

    EM:NIintern@ohchr.org

    Mr. Eugenio Sartoretto
    Intern


    Room 4-23
    48 Avenue Motta
    Geneva, Switzerland
    Tel: +41 22 928 9862
    Fax: +41 22 928 9018
    EM:NIintern@ohchr.org

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