The 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.