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Vacancies for independent United Nations experts of the Human Rights Council, with extensive professional experience in human rights


Those appointed serve in their personal capacities. They are not United Nations (UN) staff members, they are not based in UN offices in Geneva or at another UN location, and they do not receive salary or other financial compensation, except for travel expenses and daily subsistence allowance of “experts on mission”.


Vacancies to be filled during 2015

The “special procedures” of the Human Rights Council (HRC) are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. Their specific functions are defined in the HRC resolutions creating or extending their mandate.

Mandates can either be exercised by a “special rapporteur” or “independent expert” or a “working group”, composed of five members, one from each of the five United Nations regional groups (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, and Western Europe and others). Only nationals of States belonging to the specific regional groups are eligible for the working group appointments, i.e. for the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances – member from Asia-Pacific States – only nationals of Asia-Pacific countries may apply. The same principle applies for the vacancies in the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP). Please refer to the list of United Nations regional groups of Member States

The position of special procedures mandate holder involves substantial time commitment, approximately three months per year, and includes examining, monitoring, advising and publicly reporting on either specific country situations (country mandates), or on thematic issues in all parts of the world (thematic mandates). Activities of special procedures also include: undertaking country visits, acting on individual cases and concerns of a broader, structural nature, conducting studies, and engaging in general advocacy activities. All special procedures report annually to the HRC. Most mandate holders also report to the General Assembly. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights provides support to special procedures mandate holders.

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HRC appointments at the March session (2-27 March 2015)

  1. Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)*, member from African States [HRC res. 6/36]
  2. Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights [HRC res. 27/21]
  3. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia [HRC res. 24/29]

* EMRIP experts are appointed in the same way as special procedures mandate holders.

HRC appointments at the June session (15 June-3 July 2015)

  1. Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers [HRC res. 26/7]
  2. Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences [HRC res. 23/25
  3. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, member from Western European and other States [HRC res. 24/7]
  4. Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, member from Asia-Pacific States [HRC res. 27/1]

HRC appointments at the September session (14 September-2 October 2015)

  1. Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights [HRC res. 19/6]