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Expert seminars and consultations

Special procedures mandate holders frequently organise seminars or consultations on topics related to their mandate. Such consultations may either have been requested by the Human Rights Council, or organised by mandate holders with the support of OHCHR in order to receive information for their studies or thematic reports from a broad range of States and experts. 

Below are examples of seminars, consultations and other events organised by special procedures mandate holders.

More information on such activities can be found on the web pages of the respective thematic mandates.

Mandate Topic of meeting, seminar or event

Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences

Call for submissions: Due Diligence Obligation to Address Violence against Women

Independent Expert on Minority Issues

Annual Forum on Minority Issues, Forth session, 29-30 November 2011.

Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights

Public consultation on "The right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications", Geneva, 7 of December 2011

Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Paris, France, 14 November 2011

Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Call for submissions: Public consultation Draft Guiding Principles on Human Rights Impact Assessments of Trade and Investment Agreements posted for consultation (closed, dateline: 1 November 2011)

Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children

Expert meeting: Prosecution of Trafficking in Persons Cases: integrating a Human Rights-Based Approach in the Administration of Criminal Justice", 4 July 2011

Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights

Fourth Regional Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on the Draft General Guidelines on Foreign Debt and Human Rights, Geneva, 20-21 June 2011

Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

Regional consultation on torture in Santiago de Chile, 15-17 June 2011 with governments representatives, representatives from national institutions and civil society from 12 countries to discuss follow-up to recommendations of country visits and to strengthen local and regional protection mechanisms against torture and ill-treatment.

Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences

Consultations with civil society: regional consultation with NGOs from Europe, Brussels, 17 June 2011

Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health

Call for submissions: Public consultation on the right to health of older persons (closed, Dateline: 7 March 2011)

Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights:

Public consultation on " Access to cultural heritage as a human right", Geneva, 10 February 2011

Independent Expert on human rights and extreme poverty:

Expert Meeting on the Impact of Fiscal Contraction: 27 and 28 January 2011

Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

30th Anniversary commemorative event, 5 November 2010

Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation

Consultations on Good Practices on human rights obligations related to sanitation and water, 2010-2011


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