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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

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

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to the 29th session of the Human Rights Council
A/HRC/29/37

Addendum - Mission to Papua New Guinea
A/HRC/29/37/Add.1

Addendum - Mission to the Gambia
A/HRC/29/37/Add.2

Addendum - Follow up to country recommendations - India
A/HRC/29/37/Add.3

Addendum - Follow up to country recommendations - Turkey
A/HRC/29/37/Add.4

Addendum - Observations on communications A/HRC/29/37/Add.5

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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Highlights

The Right to Life and the International Law Framework Regulating the Use of Armed Drones in Armed Conflict or Counter-Terrorism Operations

Comments by the Special Rapporteur at the Informal Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons - Convention on Conventional Weapons
16 April 2015

Feature stories

Armed drones: calls for greater transparency and accountability
20 October 2014


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Special Rapporteur

Mr. Christof Heyns
(South Africa),
since 1st August 2010 (Photos)

Former Special Rapporteurs

Mr. Philip Alston
(Australia),
August 2004 – July 2010

Ms. Asma Jahangir
(Pakistan),
1998-July 2004

Mr. Bacre Waly Ndiaye
(Senegal),
1992-1998

Mr. S. Amos Wako
(Kenya),
1982-1992