High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) represents the world’s commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. OHCHR has the special mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and serves as the principal human rights official at the United Nations. He heads OHCHR and spearheads the United Nations’ human rights efforts.

Zeid assumed his position on September 1, 2014, following the General Assembly’s approval on June 16, 2014 of his appointment by the United Nations Secretary-General. He is the sixth High Commissioner to lead the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).