Africa Region

OHCHR – Projects in Africa

Regional Offices and Centres in Africa

Central Africa (Yaounde, Cameroon)
East Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Southern Africa (Pretoria, South Africa)
West Africa (Dakar, Senegal)

OHCHR - Central Africa Regional Centre

The United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa), also referred to as the OHCHR Regional Office for Central Africa (CARO) - based in Yaoundé, Cameroun - was created at the request of member states of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and pursuant to General Assembly resolutions 53/78 A and 54/55 A.

CARO supports the promotion and protection of human rights and democracy through monitoring the human rights situation, informing on the trends, promoting prevention, capacity building, advocacy and advisory services to national authorities, national human rights institutions, civil society and international organizations. It covers 10 countries of the Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS), notably Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gabon, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Sao Tomé and Principe. It participates actively in meetings of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Peace and Security in Central Africa. More about OHCHR in Central Africa.

OHCHR - East Africa Regional Office

The OHCHR East Africa Regional Office (EARO) supports the African Union in strengthening its institutional capacity to deliver on the human rights dimension of its work. The Regional Office also monitors human rights developments in Djibouti, Ethiopia and Tanzania and supports governments, civil society, UN Country Teams and other stakeholders to strengthen human rights protection systems and mainstream human rights in programmes. In support to countries in the sub-region, the Regional Office provides advice on women's rights and gender equality and on human rights treaty body commitments. More about OHCHR in East Africa.

OHCHR - Southern Africa Regional Office

The Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) provides technical assistance on the promotion and protection of human rights to 14 countries in Southern Africa. The office covers Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. OHCHR has staff working at the national level in Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe and staff in the regional office cover South Africa and the region from Pretoria, with a focus on protecting civic space, early warning and prevention, tackling gender-based violence and discrimination, integrating human rights in development, strengthening national protection systems and human rights reporting and follow up to recommendations. More about OHCHR in Southern Africa.

OHCHR - West Africa Regional Office

The West Africa Regional Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights based in Dakar, Senegal (OHCHR-WARO) is the main UN institution in charge of the protection and promotion of human rights in West Africa, with particular focus on Senegal and other West African countries where OHCHR has no presence, such as Benin, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana and Togo. More about OHCHR in West Africa.

Contact Information


Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division (FOTCD)
Contact in Geneva, Switzerland.

Africa Branch
Tel. + 41 22 928 9360

Regional Offices/Centres

Central Africa
OHCHR in Central Africa
United Nations Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa
Rosa Parks Avenue
Golf Ntougou - BP 836
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Tel.: +222 50 58 00;
Fax: (+237) 222 21 24 75 / 222 21 24 77

East Africa
OHCHR in East Africa
(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
New ECA Building
1st Floor Office 1NC2
P.O.Box 305
Addis Ababa
Tel.: (251 11) 544 3105

Southern Africa
OHCHR in Southern Africa
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Pretoria (OHCHR-Pretoria)
c/o UNDP
Metropark Building, 5th Floor
351 Schoeman Street,
P.O. Box 6541, Pretoria 0001,
South Africa
Tel.: +27 12 354 8680/8686

West Africa
OHCHR in West Africa
Parcelle n°20, en face de l'hôtel Azur, Route du King Fahd Palace, BP 154, Dakar, Senegal, Tel. : +221 33 869 89 78
Fax: +(221) 33 860 62 10

OHCHR Country offices in Africa
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