Who we are

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. We have a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights is the principal human rights official of the United Nations.

The High Commissioner heads OHCHR and spearheads the United Nations' human rights efforts. We offer leadership, work objectively, educate and take action to empower individuals and assist States in upholding human rights.

The mandate of the UN OHCHR Office in Uganda reflects fully the general mandate of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and is agreed with the Government of the Republic of Uganda.

The UN Human Rights office in Uganda was established in July 2005 initially, to especially protect and promote human rights in conflict affected areas of northern Uganda and Karamoja. In 2009 its mandate was renewed and refers to Uganda in general. However, the Office keeps sub-regional offices in Gulu for northern Uganda and in Moroto for the Karamoja region.