Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

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The mission of OHCHR is to work for the protection of human rights for all people, to help empower people to realize their rights, and to assist those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented. OHCHR gives priority to addressing the most pressing human rights violations, both acute and chronic, particularly those that put life in imminent peril. OHCHR focuses on those who are at risk and vulnerable to multiple forms of human rights violations, and addresses equally the realization of civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights, including the right to development.

OHCHR opened its country office in Yemen in 2012 and has since then supported the transitional justice process, accountability, and the rule of law structures in the country. Furthermore, OHCHR works with the Government, legislatures, courts, national institutions, civil society, regional and international organizations, and the United Nations system, to develop and strengthen capacity, particularly at the national level, for the protection of human rights in accordance with international norms.

Recently, OHCHR has focused its efforts on monitoring allegations of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, to advance the protection of civilians during conflict and post-conflict situations and to ensure justice and accountability.