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Communications reports of special procedures

Special procedures are mandated by the Human Rights Council to report to it on their activities. At the fifteenth annual meeting of special procedures, held in Geneva from 23 to 27 June 2008, mandate holders decided to issue a joint communications report to prevent inconsistencies among mandate holders reporting on the same communications to the Council; avoid duplication, rationalize documentation and to ensure that the content of communications and any follow-up would feed into the universal periodic review process more effectively (see A/HRC/10/24, para 34-35).

Since September 2011 special procedures mandates have submitted a joint report on their communications to each regular session of the Human Rights Council. These periodical reports include short summaries of allegations communicated to the respective State or other entity. The text of the communications sent and responses received are accessible through hyperlinks.

The reports contains urgent appeals sent by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and by the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and joint urgent appeals sent by them together with other mandates. They do not contain other types of communications issued by these mandates, processed according to their own distinctive procedures, which are reported exclusively in the annual reports of these two working groups.





27th session September 2014 A/HRC/27/72 1 March to 31 May 2014 1 May to 31 July 2014
26th session June 2014 A/HRC/26/21 1 December 2013 to 28 February 2014
1 February to 30 April 2014
25th session March 2014 A/HRC/25/74 1 June to 30 November 2013 1 August 2013 to 31 January 2014
24th session September 2013 A/HRC/24/21 1 March to 31 May 2013 1 May to 31 July 2013
23rd session May 2013 A/HRC/23/51 1 December 2012 to 28 February 2013 1 February to 30 April 2013
22nd session March 2013 A/HRC/22/67
1 June to 30 November 2012 1 August 2012 to 31 January 2013
21st session, September 2012 A/HRC/21/49 16 March to 31 May 2012 16 May to 31 July 2012
20th session, June 2012 A/HRC/20/30 1 December 2011 – 15 March 2012 1 February 2012 – 15 May 2012
19th session, March 2012 A/HRC/19/44 1 June 2011 – 30 Nov 2011 1 Aug 2011 – 31 Jan 2012
18th session, Sept 2011
1 Dec 2010 – 31 May 2011 1 Feb 2011 – 31 July 2011

Communications sent before 1 December 2010 and replies related to them have been summarized by special procedure mandates in addenda to their annual reports to the Human Rights Council. These communications reports are accessible on the webpages of thematic mandates.

Further statistical information on communications sent to States can be found in the annual Facts and Figures on Special Procedures.