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UN Human Rights in the field:
Middle East and North Africa

Type of presence

Location

Country offices

OO

Mauritania

OO

State of Palestine7

OO

Tunisia

OO

Yemen

OO

Middle East and North Africa (Beirut,
Lebanon)

OO

UN Human Rights Training and
Documentation Centre for South-West
Asia and the Arab Region (Doha, Qatar)

OO

Iraq (UNAMI)

OO

Libya (UNSMIL)

Regional offices and
centres

Human rights
components in UN
political missions

Across the Middle East and North Africa region, the
work of OHCHR covers 20 countries. During 2017,
OHCHR strengthened its country engagement from
Geneva and through field presences, including two
regional offices/centres (for the Middle East and North
Africa, in Lebanon, and at the United Nations Human
Rights Training and Documentation Centre for SouthWest Asia and the Arab Region, in Doha); four country
offices (Mauritania, the State of Palestine, Tunisia and
Yemen); and two human rights components within UN
political missions (Iraq and Libya). OHCHR also supported two country specific special procedures man-

date-holders: the Special Rapporteur on the situation
of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied
since 1967; and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It
also served as the Secretariat to the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs
of the Occupied Territories, which was mandated by
the General Assembly.
Iraq, Libya, State of Palestine, Syria and Yemen continued to experience conflict-related violence and violations of international human rights law and international
humanitarian law. On the other hand, several countries
undertook positive steps towards the realization of
their international human rights obligations, and cooperated with and reported to the international human
rights mechanisms. In 2017, there was a regional dimension to various trends and concerns, for example,
in relation to the impact of cross-border movements of
fighters and weapons; the impact on regional dynamics and tensions across the region; the movement of
people fleeing conflict to neighbouring countries and
beyond and the activities of non-State armed groups,
including proponents of violent extremism.

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Reference to Palestine should be understood in compliance with
United Nations General Assembly resolution 67/19

UN HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT 2017

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