EC will provide an exceptional financial contribution to the UN High Commission for Human Rights
Today, the European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs has announced the EU will respond to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s urgent appeal to invest more in human rights.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) faces a funding shortfall for the third year in a row. Its budget for 2013 has already been reduced by 12% (about €13 million),
a decision which affects its ability to prevent human rights violations, secure their respect, and protect human rights defenders.
In response to this appeal, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) will provide in 2013 an exceptional EU contribution of €10 million covering more than three/fourth of this financial gap.