A Human Rights Advisor was deployed in Niger from June 2008 to 2014. Currently, the staffing of OHCHR consists of a National Human Rights Officer.
The National Human Rights Officer works within the office of the Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Niger to ensure that human rights are integrated into their programmes and activities. The National Human Rights Officer also undertakes human rights assessments, provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Justice on cooperation with human rights mechanisms, and provides technical assistance and human rights capacity building to national institution such as the National Commission on Human Rights and civil society organizations.
Two other national staffs are in charge of coordinating the activities of two projects managed by OHCHR/West Africa Regional Office, one relates to developing a human rights-based response to smuggling of migrants and the other to the protection of child victims of violations of their rights.
On 9 December 2019, OHCHR has signed a Host Country Agreement with Niger to establish a Country Office in Niger with a full monitoring mandate. The signing of this agreement has created new opportunities for OHCHR to work on human rights in Niger, including by increasing integration of human rights principles in legislative reforms, expanding and protecting civic space and public participation, and helping integrate human rights into development efforts, among others.
Pending the effective opening of the Country Office, an International Human Rights Advisor is expected to be deployed to Niger in May 2020. Also, OHCHR will be deploying a G5 Sahel team composed of 6 staff to support the implementation of the compliance framework within the G5 Sahel Joint Force, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution 2391 of 8 December 2017. OHCHR’s strengthened human rights intervention in Niger (working alongside the G5 Sahel Joint Forces Project) seeks to build mechanisms, systems and policies required for greater protection and promotion of human rights in the country.
Read more about OHCHR in Niger.