United Nations

Human Rights Report 2020

The UN Human Rights Report 2020 presents the progress achieved in 2020 against the targets set out in the OHCHR Management Plan 2018-2021. It also shows how we addressed the many challenges highlighted and reinforced by the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to human rights. It includes an overview of management, funding, income and expenditure, with detailed results from the field and at headquarters.

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“2020 was a harrowing year for people around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic raced across pre-existing fault lines in every society, exploiting and enlarging human rights gaps.”
As we at the UN Human Rights Office stepped up our monitoring and developed new strategies, working methods and data-based analytic tools to anchor human rights in responses to the pandemic, it became obvious that our significant experience in combating discrimination and inequalities makes us highly qualified to help societies to not only recover from the immediate medical and socio-economic wounds – but also to repair key underlying weaknesses.

I am proud of the speed and efficacy with which we shifted to pandemic operations so that we could continue implementing almost all of our planned work – even in the face of budget restrictions – while also addressing the many new challenges posed by the global pandemic with respect to human rights. This Annual Report outlines a wide variety of examples.

I trust that we can continue to count on your support as we look to the future.

Thank you for standing up for human rights.
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Highlights of results
Donor profiles

UN Human Rights around the world

Country / Stand-alone Offices / Human Rights Missions
Regional Offices / Centres
Human rights
components of UN Peace / Political Missions
Human Rights Advisers deployed under the framework of the UNSDG
Other types of field presences
Mexico Guatemala Honduras El Salvador Costa Rica Belize Dominican Republic Jamaica Venezuela Haiti (BINUH) South America
(Santiago de Chile)
Central America
(Panama City)
Columbia Bolivia
Argentina Uruguay Brazil Paraguay Peru Ecuador Barbados Trinidad and Tobago Guyana Bosnia
Montenegro Serbia Europe (Brussels) Geneva Belarus Ukraine Republic of Moldova South-East Asia
Myanmar –
based in Bangkok
Myanmar (based in Cox's Bazar) Bangladesh Nepal Sri Lanka Maldives Malaysia Cambodia Pacific (Suva) Timor-Leste Papua New Guinea Philippines OHCHR Field-based structure
(Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Mongolia Afghanistan (UNAMA) Central Asia
Russian Federation Republic of North Macedonia South Caucasus
Republic of
North Macedonia
Middle East and
North Africa (Beirut)
Jordan Saudi Arabia Yemen UN Human
Rights Training and
Documentation Centre
for South-West Asia
and the Arab Region
Iraq (UNAMI) Lybia (UNSMIL) Burundi
Rwanda Uganda South Sudan
Mozambique Southern
Lesotho Zimbabwe Malawi Madagascar Kenya Somalia (UNSOM) East Africa (Addis Ababa) UN Sub-Regional
Center for Human
Rights and
Democracy in
Central Asia
of the Congo
Nigeria Liberia Guinea Burkina Faso
G5 Sahel
G5 Sahel

G5 Sahel
Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) West Africa (Dakar) Sudan
G5 Sahel
G5 Sahel
Tunisia Syria - based in Beirut State of
(Gaza and
New York
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
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