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Submitting information to the Special Rapporteur

Submitting information form (English, French and Spanish versions)

The communications sent by the Special Rapporteur rely, to an important extent, on the information provided. It is therefore very important that this information be the most accurate, updated and specific as possible. In order to facilitate this, the Special Rapporteur requests that you fill out the ‘submitting information form’ above.

What is the purpose of this form?

The Special Rapporteur seeks to receive information on violations of human rights falling under their area of competence from individuals, groups, civil society organizations, NGOs, specialized agencies, Governments, United Nations bodies, and intergovernmental organizations.

The Special Rapporteur may raise concerns about the allegations received and request Governments to clarify, make observations and comments on the matter.

What will the Special Rapporteur do with the information received?

Sending information to the Special Rapporteur through the form below represents a way to gather information on alleged violations (with the aim to analyze possible trends or emerging patterns of violations of rights relevant to the Special Rapporteur’s mandate), and can also be a way to bring single cases to the attention of the Government concerned.

If the Special Rapporteur decides to act on information received, he/she sends a letter containing the information to the relevant Government to request their comments and observations on the matter. The identity of the source of the information will remain confidential at all stages. Summaries of the letters sent and the replies of the Governments are then included in the yearly report that the Special Rapporteur presents to the Human Rights Council; at this stage the information received by the Special Rapporteur is made public. In the public report, the names of victims under the age of 18 and victims of sexual violence will not be disclosed, but initials will be used.

What are some examples of specific issues that fall under the competence of the Special Rapporteur?

Some issues that could serve as the basis for action by the mandate on Contemporary forms of Slavery, its causes and consequences, include but are not limited to:

  • all forms of forced labour which includes forced labour in sweatshops, in the construction industry and in agriculture,
  • hereditary and caste based forms of slavery
  • bonded labour or debt bondage
  • children working in slavery or slavery like conditions such as children working in mines or forced child begging
  • all forms of domestic servitude that affects adults and children
  • sexual slavery
  • forced or early marriage
  • sale of wives

Contact information

Information addressed to the Special Rapporteur should be sent by mail, fax or e-mail to: Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations
8-14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland

Fax: (+41 22) 917 90 06

E-mail: urgent-action@ohchr.org or srslavery@ohchr.org
(please include in the subject box: Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery)