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Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti

Mr. Gustavo Gallón, Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Haiti.© </STRONG>OHCHR/Gustavo Gallón
Mr. Gustavo Gallón,
Independent Expert on
the human rights situation
in Haiti.
©
OHCHR/Gustavo Gallón

The Independent Expert on Haiti is appointed by the Human Rights Council.

He is part of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system.

The Independent Expert serves voluntarily and independently of any government or organization. He is not United Nations staff, although Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights provides him with logistical and technical assistance

Mr. Gustavo Gallón (Colombia) is the current Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti…
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Overview of the mandate

In 1995, the Commission on Human Rights adopted the Resolution 1995/70, which established the mandate of an Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti. The Resolution 1995/70 requested the Secretary-General to appoint an Independent Expert to provide assistance to the Government of Haiti in the area of human rights, to examine the development of the situation of human rights in Haiti and to monitor the fulfilment by Haiti of its obligations in this field.

The mandate has changed over the years to respond to the evolving situation in the country and now includes a focus on technical assistance and capacity-building. It is now guided by the Human Rights Council Presidential Statement (agenda item 10 of the Human Rights Council, Twenty-eighth session, 26 March 2015 - A/HRC/28/L.37).  In its Presidential Statement, the Council:

  1. Encouraged the Independent Expert to continue to work with international institutions, donors and the international community in order to raise their awareness of the need to provide their expertise and sufficient resources to support the efforts made by the Haitian authorities to rebuild the country and pursue sustainable development;
  2. Encouraged the Independent Expert to continue to work with the Government of Haiti, the non-governmental organizations of Haiti and civil society in Haiti. It invites the Government of Haiti to continue its active cooperation with civil society;
  3. Invited the Independent Expert to assist the Haitian Government in the implementation of his own recommendations and those made by the other special procedures.

The Council also invites the Independent Expert to submit his report on the situation of human rights in Haiti to the Council at its thirty-first session. It further invites him to undertake a mission to Haiti and to report on that mission to the Council at its thirty-first session.

Working methods

The Independent Expert:

a)Monitors and investigates human rights violations, transmits urgent appeals and letters to Haiti on alleged violations of human rights;
b) Undertakes country visits to Haiti and to the region and engages with relevant stakeholders;
c) Submits reports to the Human Rights Council on the situation of human rights in Haiti; and
d) Engages publicly on issues of concern, including through press releases.

Submission of information and Contact details:

Information relevant for the mandate holder is very much welcomed and can be sent to ie-haiti@ohchr.org.

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Independent Expert

Mr. Gustavo GALLÓN
(Colombia), 2013

Previous Independent Experts

Mr. Michel FORST
(France), 2008-2013
Mr. Louis JOINET
(France), 2002-2008
Mr. Adama DIENG
(Senegal), 1995-2001