Invitations to visit
The Special Rapporteur is mandated to conduct official visits to States. Some States have issued standing invitations to all Special Procedures mandates of the Human Rights Council, while for others the mandate holder writes to the State requesting that an invitation be extended.
The purpose of country visits
These visits provide an opportunity to examine in detail the enjoyment of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, to identify any problems and to make recommendations on how these could be resolved. The visits are intended to provide an independent and impartial assessment, for use by all actors on the ground.
How long are the visits?
Visits usually take place of a period up to 10 days, but the duration may change depending upon the size of the country or the complexity of the issues to be addressed.
What happens during a country visit?
The Special Rapporteur usually meets with the Heads of State and of Government, relevant Government Ministers, heads of law enforcement authorities, members of the legislative and the judiciary, representatives of independent human rights institutions, representatives of civil society, the media, United Nations agencies, among others. The Special Rapporteur will usually begin a visit in the capital city, and then proceed to other cities or towns, as well as to rural areas of particular relevance to the mandate.
At the end of the visit, the Special Rapporteur generally holds a press conference during which he shares his preliminary observations and recommendations for the consideration of the Government concerned and other stakeholders.
What happens after the visit?
The Special Rapporteur presents his final observations and recommendations to the Human Rights Council (in June every year), and may undertake follow-up to issues raised during the visit as necessary.
Country visits reports
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Requests for visits
Requests to Member States made by the Special Rapporteur:
As of April 2015, Maina Kiai has sent request letters to the following countries requesting an official visit. The dates of his requests are found in the round brackets below. Note that while some of these countries have extended a "standing invitation" to Special Rapporteurs, conducting an official visit requires the scheduling of mutually-agreeable dates and final confirmation from the host country:
Algeria (2011 & 2013)
Bahrain (2011 & 2013)
Belarus (2011 & 2013)
Cambodia (2011 & 2013)
Canada (2013, 2014, 2015)
Chile Chile (2011, 2014, 2015)
China (2011, 2012 & 2013)
Cuba (2011 & 2013)
Djibouti (2011 & 2013)
Ecuador (2014, 2015)
Egypt (2011 & 2013)
Ethiopia (2011 & 2013)
Fiji (2011 & 2013)
Guatemala (2011, 2015)
Indonesia (2011 & 2013)
Jordan (2011 & 2013)
Korea, Republic of (2014, 2015)
Laos (2011 & 2013)
Malaysia (2011 & 2013)
Morocco (2011 & 2013)
Myanmar (2011 & 2013)
Nicaragua (2011 & 2013)
Pakistan (2011 & 2013)
Philippines (2011 & 2013)
Russian Federation (2011, 2012 & 2013)
Saudi Arabia (2013)
Sri Lanka (2011, 2013, 2015)
Thailand (2011 & 2013)
Turkmenistan (2011 & 2013)
Uganda (2011 & 2013)
United States of America (2015)
Uzbekistan (2011 & 2013)
Venezuela (2011 & 2013)
Yemen (2011 & 2013)
Zimbabwe (2011 & 2013)
Invitations received by the Special Rapporteur from Members States :
Georgia (from 6 to 13 February 2012)
Kazakhstan (from 19 to 27 January 2015; report to be presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2015)
Oman (from 8 to 13 September 2014; report to be presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2015)
Rwanda (from 20 to 27 January 2014)
United Kingdom (from 14 to 23 January 2013)