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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

Working Group on Situations


Mandate and membership

The Working Group on Situations (WGS) comprises of five members appointed by the regional groups from among the States members of the Council for the period of one year (mandate renewable once). It meets twice a year for a period of five working days in order to examine the communications transferred to it by the Working Group on Communications, including the replies of States thereon, as well as the situations which the Council is already seized of under the complaint procedure. The Working Group on Situations, on the basis of the information and recommendations provided by the Working Group on Communications, presents the Council with a report on consistent patterns of gross and reliably attested violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms and makes recommendations to the Council on the course of action to take.

The membership for the Working Group in 2014 is as follows:

Name
Nationality

H.E Mr. José Luis Balmaceda Serigos

Chile

H.E. Mr. Luc-Joseph Okio

Congo

H.E. Mr. Hanns Heinrich Schumacher

Germany

H.E. Mr. Zamir Akram

Pakistan

H.E. Ms. Maria Ciobanu

Romania


Sessions

In 2014, the Working Group on Situations will hold two sessions:

  • 10 to 14 February (13th session)
  • 30 June to 4 July (14th session)

During its session, the Working Group on Situations may decide to:

  • dismiss a communication;
  • keep a communication under review and request the State concerned to provide further information within a reasonable time;
  • transmit the complaint to the Human Rights Council for its consideration.

In accordance with paragraph 106 of the annex to Council resolution 5/1, both the author of a communication and the State concerned, are informed of the proceedings at each stage.

 

Upcoming meetings and news

14th session of the Working Group on Communications - 28 April to 2 May. Palais des Nations (private meeting)

See also