Office of the UN High Commissioner

for Human Rights (OHCHR)

“States owe their people justice, equality and dignity, under the rule of law.”

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights


As the principal United Nations office mandated to promote and protect all human rights for all, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) leads global human rights efforts and speaks out objectively in the face of human rights violations worldwide. OHCHR Regional Office for Southern Africa is based in Pretoria, South Africa, and covers 14 countries of the region, including Namibia. While the Office does not have a presence in the country, it provides technical assistance upon request to a number of partners, including Government, Parliament, Office of the Ombudsman of Namibia, national and international civil society organisations and our UN colleagues. Human rights are essential to achieving sustainable development and are deeply anchored in each and every SDG Goal. Having said this, OHCHR is most widely associated with SDG Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. In 2017, the Office will continue its efforts to represent the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity, including through supporting the work of international human rights mechanisms, namely UN Treaty Bodies, Universal Periodic Review and Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council.



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Katherine Liao

Officer-in-Charge and Deputy

Regional Representative