To fulfil its comprehensive human rights mandate, OHCHR speaks out objectively in the face of human rights violations. It provides a forum for identifying, highlighting and developing responses to today's human rights challenges, and acts as the principal focal point of human rights research, education, public information, and human rights advocacy activities in the United Nations system.
OHCHR's method of work focuses on three major dimensions: standard-setting, monitoring, and implementation through partnerships with national institutions. We do so by offering expertise, and substantive support to the different United Nations Agencies in the country, as they discharge their mandates and duties. OHCHR tries to ensure international human rights standards are implemented through greater coordination, partnerships and engagements.
With its leading human rights role and the important task of mainstreaming human rights [and gender equity] into the United Nations system, OHCHR works with Government, civil society, national human rights institutions, other United Nations entities, international organizations, private sector and others in their efforts to promote and protect all human rights, for everyone, everywhere.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights partners with a wide range of organizations to ensure that breakthroughs in human rights promotion and protection are adopted and brought to scale throughout the country. Without robust and effective partnerships, even the most groundbreaking best practices will fail to reach the right holders whose livelihoods OHCHR’s mandate aims to benefit.
OHCHR staff are also engaged in providing trainings and capacity development for all stakeholders, including OHCHR staff and those of partner institutions; working to ensure that human rights and gender equity is recognized and streamlined; supporting human rights defenders coalitions across the country; assessing and monitoring the human rights situation and seeking for the most effective ways to advocate for the enjoyment of all human rights for everyone, everywhere.
To implement its comprehensive mandate, OHCHR in Uganda employs more than eight human rights officers, six based in Kampala and two in the field offices of Gulu and Moroto. The UN Human Rights Office in Uganda also has six human rights officers; four based in Kampala, and two in the two field offices. OHCHR is funded from the United Nations regular budget and from voluntary contributions from Member States, intergovernmental organizations, foundations and individuals.