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Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

Introduction

Mr. Christof Heyns (South Africa) © UN Photo, Jean Marc FerréThe mandate of the Special Rapporteur on summary or arbitrary executions was established by resolution 1982/35 of the the Economic and Social Council.

The Commission on Human Rights, in its resolution 1992/72, renewed the mandate of the Special Rapporteur and widened the title of the mandate to include "extrajudicial" as well as "summary or arbitrary" executions. This change indicates that the members of the Commission have adopted a broader approach to the mandate on executions to include all violations of the right to life as guaranteed by a large number of international human rights instruments. In its latest resolution 26/12 on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions of 26 June 2014, the Human Rights Council renewed the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for another three years.

The mandate of the Special Rapporteur covers all countries, irrespective of whether a State has ratified relevant international Conventions.

For more information about the mandate, including its methods of work, see: overview of the mandate.

Latest country visit


Country visit of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, arbitrary and summary executions to Ukraine, 9 to 18 September 2015. See the press statement


Country visit of the Special Rapoprteur on extrajudicial, arbitrary and summary executions to the Gambia, 3 to 7 November 2014. See the press statement

Latest reports

Joint compilation report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions on practical recommendations for the proper management of assemblies, based on best practices and lessons learned
A/31/66

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to the 70th session of the General Assembly
A/70/304

Revision of the UN Manual on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions

Scene of crime © Brandon Anderson, flikr The Special Rapporteur is consulting on a revision to the UN Manual on investigations. See more

Videos

Presentation of the Special Rapoprteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions at the 69th session of the General Assembly

Presentation of the Special Rapoprteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions at the 26th session of the Human Rights Council

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