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Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council

Introduction

19th session of the Human Rights Council, Room XX © UN Photo/JeanMarc Ferre
19th session of the Human Rights Council, Room XX, Palais des Nations, Geneva
© UN Photo/JeanMarc Ferre


The special procedures of the Human Rights Council are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. The system of Special Procedures is a central element of the United Nations human rights machinery and covers all human rights: civil, cultural, economic, political, and social. As of 1 July 2014 there are 38 thematic and 14 country mandates.

With the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), special procedures undertake country visits; act on individual cases and concerns of a broader, structural nature by sending communications to States and others in which they bring alleged violations or abuses to their attention; conduct thematic studies and convene expert consultations, contribute to the development of international human rights standards, engage in advocacy, raise public awareness, and provide advice for technical cooperation. Special procedures report annually to the Human Rights Council; the majority of the mandates also reports to the General Assembly. Their tasks are defined in the resolutions creating or extending their mandates.
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Visual Directory


Directory of Special Procedures Mandate Holders

Special Procedures Visual Directory Accessible 
From 10 October 2013
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Annual Fact and Figures 2013


Annual Fact and Figures 2013

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Civil Society Handbook

Civil Society Handbook

Click here Chapter VI - Special Procedures and the Full handbook here (PDF, 1,28MB)

 

 

 



 

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Visit of the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons -- Italy, September 2013

Visit of the Special Rapporteur on truth -- Uruguay, October 2013

Visit of the Special Rapporteur on the right to water and sanitation -- Brazil, December 2013



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Postal address:
Special Procedures Division
c/o OHCHR-UNOG
8-14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland

Fax : +41 22 917 90 08

Kenya / right to water and sanitation
UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation calls on the Government to transform the constitutional rights to water and sanitation into a reality.

Myanmar
Following a ten-day visit to the country, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar urges the authorities to avoid any backtracking that could threaten the achievements of the past few years and calls for more public freedoms.

Iraq / impact of conflict on minorities
UN human rights experts warn that ethnic and religious minorities are bearing the brunt of the ongoing conflict in Iraq. If protection measures are not taken urgently, its impact on minorities could be “devastating and irreversible,” they say.

Nigeria / internal displacement
UN human rights experts call for a swift and stronger response to the plight of some 3.3 million people displaced in the country due to violence since 2010.

Political breakthrough in Cambodia
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia warmly welcomes the political agreement reached by the leaders of the two main political parties, finally breaking the deadlock that has gripped the country for almost a year.

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Postal address:
Special Procedures Division
c/o OHCHR-UNOG
8-14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland

Fax : +41 22 917 90 08

For further information on how to submit communications on alleged human rights violations, please read the webpage on Communications and send your submission to: urgent-action@ohchr.org.