Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Palais Wilson 52, rue des Pâquis, CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the main UN office responsible for the promotion and and protection of human rights. OHCHR also works on identifying, highlighting and developing responses to today's human rights challenges, and undertakes human rights research, education, public information, and advocacy activities in the United Nations system.

OHCHR's work includes standard-setting, monitoring, and implementation on the ground. The office provides expertise and secretariat support to different United Nations human rights bodies, as their perform their standard setting and monitoring actions. OHCHR's areas of activities cover many issues, such as: business and human rights, children rights, education, freedom of opinion and expression, minorities, privacy, rule of law, women, and youth. Some of these activities also relate to the promotion and protection of human rights in the online environment. In 2013, the High Commissioner elaborated a report on the right to privacy in the digital age, at the request of the UN General Assembly.  

The office also cooperates with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy.



GIP event reports

OCHA Centre for Humanitarian Data and the Humanitarian Data Exchange (2019)
iTrack - technology & innovation in conflicts (2019)
Doing no digital harm – towards data responsibility in humanitarian action (2019)
Side event: Human Rights in Cyberspace (2018)
Expert Workshop on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age (2018)
37th Session of the Human Rights Council - Opening Session (2018)

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