The Country Representative


Roueida El Hage 
Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia  


Roueida El Hage became the Representative in Cambodia on 25 April, 2022, after being appointed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ms El Hage has more than 23 years of experience in human rights, including 18 years with OHCHR, and has extensive knowledge of international law and political affairs with the United Nations, particularly in conflict contexts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Asia and Africa. Ms. El Hage has previously been deployed in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, the Philippines, and Lebanon. Prior to this appointment, Ms. El Hage was the Regional Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the MENA region from October 2018 to April 2022. She served in previous functions as Coordinator of the Secretariat of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen, deputy Director of the Human Rights Component (UNAMI) in Iraq and Chief of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Regional Office in Northern Iraq and Acting Chief of the MENA Section at OHCHR in Geneva, among other functions including with international and regional NGOs. Ms. El Hage is fluent in Arabic, English and French.


Previous Representatives were:
Mr. Pradeep Wagle               (2019-2022)
Mr. Simon Walker (acting)     (2017-2019)
Ms. Wan-Hea Lee                 (2013-2017)
Mr James Heenan (acting)   (2011-2013)
Mr. Christophe Peschoux     (2007-2011)
Ms. Margo Picken                (2001-2007)
Ms. Rita Reddy                    (1999-2000)
Ms. Rosemary McCreery     (1998-1999)
Mr David Hawk (acting)       (1996-1998)
Mr. Daniel Prémont              (1994-1996)