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UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Thirteenth session of the Human Rights Council Working Group on Communications,
19- 23 August 2013

The thirteenth session of the Human Rights Council Working Group on Communications is scheduled to take place from 19 to 23 August 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 is composed of five members of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee appointed for three years. Their mandate is renewable only once.

Members of the Working Group meet twice a year for five working days each session. The proceedings of the Working Group are confidential and held in private meetings. The Working Group on Communications examines the communications received under the complaint procedure with a view to deciding on their admissibility and assessing the merits of the allegations of violations, including whether a communication, alone or in combination with other, appears to reveal a pattern of gross and reliably attested violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms. At its thirteenth session, the Working Group will consider communications that have been received in the framework of the complaint procedure between October 2012 and March 2013. In this regard, the Working Group on Communications provides the Working Group on Situations with a file containing all admissible communications as well as recommendations thereon. When the Working Group on Communications requires further consideration or additional information, it may keep a case under review until its subsequent session and request such information from the State concerned. The Working Group on Communications may also decide to dismiss a case.

The Working Group on Situations, on the basis of the information and recommendations provided by the Working Group on Communications, presents to the Council 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 courses of action to take. The author of a communication and the State concerned are informed of the proceedings at each stage of the consideration of a case.

The membership of the Working Group on Communications is as follows:

Name

Nationality

Mr. José BENGOA CABELLO

Chile

Ms. Chinsung CHUNG

Republic of Korea

Dr. Wolfgang S. HEINZ (Chairperson – Rapporteur)

Germany

Mr. Vladimir KARTASHKIN

Russian Federation

Mr. Dheerujlall SEETULSINGH

Mauritius

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