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Human Rights, United Nations High Commissioner For

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In its Charter, the United Nations gave itself two main tasks: the maintenance of international peace, and the promotion and protection of human rights. In 1946 the world organization established a secretariat for human rights in New York, known as Division of Human Rights until 1982 as &t;Centre for Human Rights&t; from 1982 to 1997, and since then as &t;Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights&t; (OHCHR). With more authority than the preceding Directors of the Centre of Human Rights, the High Commissioner is mandated to &t;coordinate the human rights promotion and protection activities throughout the United Nations system.&t; If a High Commissioner is inspired with his/her task, then he or she will put human dignity always at the center of the work of the Office and will stand up for all the rights of all people in all countries of the world.

Keywords: High Commissioner; Human rights; New York; UN Charter; United Nations

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