The United Nations Human Rights Regional Office for Europe

Based in Brussels since 2009, the Regional Office for Europe is one of the 60+ field presences of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) around the world working to advance the protection and promotion of human rights for all, supported by headquarters in Geneva.

Birgit Van Hout
Regional Representative for Europe

Paul d'Auchamp
Deputy Regional Representative for Europe

How do we work?

  • As regards human rights within the European Union (EU) – its main area of engagement –, the Regional Office for Europe
    • Advises the EU and Governments in the region on the integration of human rights in legislation, policy, budgeting and programmes, and on engagement with the UN human rights mechanisms
    • Increase awareness of human rights and mobilises people to stand up for human rights, particularly in the context of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    • Empowers human rights networks, national human rights institutions, equality bodies, civil society, and human rights defenders
    • Monitors human rights in the region and issues public reports and position papers
    • Conducts strategic litigation before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg
    • Undertakes joint initiatives with the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the Council of Europe, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Concerning human rights in EU external action and development cooperation, and in the UN Team, the Regional Office for Europe
    • Advocates for a human rights-based approach to the EU’s external policies, migration management, and development cooperation
    • Fosters the integration of human rights in UN Brussels Team’s engagement on the Sustainable Development Agenda 
  • With respect to the EU – UN Human Rights Office partnership and good offices role: the Regional Office Europe
    • Facilitates cooperation between other field presences and EU institutions, considering the relationship between the EU and the UN Human Rights Office globally
    • Actively contributes to the EU – UN Partnership Visibility Strategy
    • Provides support to thematic and country-specific Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council who seek to engage with EU institutions


UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe

Rue Montoyer 14
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32-(0)2 274 01 70
Email: brussels@ohchr.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/europeohchr
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OHCHR_Europe