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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

Background information on the forthcoming session of the WGS


Eleventh session of the Human Rights Council Working Group on Situations
28 January – 1 February 2013

The eleventh session of the Human Rights Council Working Group on Situations is scheduled to take place from 28 January to 1 February 2013, at Palais Wilson, Geneva.

As a result of the review of the complaint procedure established in accordance with Economic and Social Council resolution 1503 (XLVIII), the Human Rights Council, by resolution 5/1 of 18 June 2007, set up a new confidential complaint procedure as an integral part of its institutional architecture. Two distinct working groups, the Working Group on Communications and the Working Group on Situations, have been established with the mandate to examine the communications received under the complaint procedure and to bring to the attention of the Human Rights Council consistent patterns of gross and reliably attested violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms occurring in any part of the world and under any circumstances.

The Working Group on Situations examines communications on the basis of the information and recommendations provided by the Working Group on Communications, and presents to the Council a report on consistent patterns of gross and reliably attested violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms as well as makes recommendations to the Council on the course of action to take.

Alternatively, the Working Group on Situations may also decide to keep any situation under review or to dismiss it. So as to ensure that the Complaint Procedure is victims-oriented, efficient and conducted in a timely manner, the author of a communication and the State concerned are continuously informed of the proceedings at each stage. With this complaint procedure, communications received from individuals, groups or organizations can reach the highest level of the United Nations human rights machinery, the Human Rights Council. The Human Rights Council will examine the report of the eleventh session of the Working Group on Situations and any situations referred to it during two closed meetings at its 22nd session.

The Working Group is composed of five representatives of Member States of the Human Rights Council appointed by each regional group to serve in their personal capacity. Members may be re-elected once if nominated. Members of the Working Group meet twice a year for five working days during each session. The proceedings of the Working Group are confidential and held as private meetings.
The membership of the Working Group is as follows:

Name
Nationality
H.E. Mr. Luc-Joseph OKIO

Congo

H.E. Mr. Christian GUILLERMET - FERNANDEZ Costa Rica
H.E. Mr. Hanns Heinrich SCHUMACHER Germany
Mr. Shaharuddin ONN Malaysia
H.E. Ms. Maria CIOBANU Romania