UNESCO and United Nations Human Rights

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) works with governments, legislatures, courts, national institutions, civil society, regional and international organizations, and the United Nations system, including UNESCO, to develop and strengthen capacity, particularly at the national level, for the protection of human rights in accordance with international norms.

The work undertaken by UNESCO to promote human rights includes contributing to human rights monitoring mechanisms in the United Nations system: UN Charter-based bodies, including the Human Rights Council, and bodies created under the international human rights treaties and made up of independent experts mandated to monitor State parties' compliance with their treaty obligations.

The primary human rights treaty bodies UNESCO interacts with comprise:

UNESCO contributes to the work of the following Special Procedures:

  • Working Group on people of African descent
  • Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights
  • Special Rapporteur on the right to education
  • Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
  • Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
  • Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people
  • Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants
    Independent Expert on minority issues
  • Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
  • Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences



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