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Official country visits

The Special Rapporteur is mandated to conduct official visits to States to provide technical assistance and advisory services to Governments upon request. These visits provide an opportunity to examine the transitional justice measures that have been taken to address gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law, to identify gaps and challenges, and to make recommendations thereon. The visits are intended to provide an independent and impartial assessment, for use by all actors on the ground. 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. The Special Rapporteur then presents his final observations and recommendations to the Human Rights Council (in September every year) and may undertake follow-up to issues raised during the visit as necessary.

During the visits, 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. 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.

Some States have issued standing invitations to all special procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council, while for others the mandate holder writes to the State requesting to express his interest in carrying out such a visit.

Country visits undertaken

Country visits

Symbol number

Languagues

Burundi (8–16 December 2014)

A/HRC/30/42/Add.1

A C E F R S

Special Rapporteur update on his visit to Burundi (14 September 2015)

A/HRC/30/CRP.1

E

Tunisia (November 2012)

A/HRC/24/42/Add.1

A C E F R S

Uruguay (October 2013)

A/HRC/27/56/Add.2

A C E F R S

Spain (January/February 2014)

A/HRC/27/56/Add.1

A C E F R S

Spain (Comentarios del Estado al informe del Relator Especial)

A/HRC/27/56/Add.3

S

Recent visits
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (9 to 18 November 2015)
Preliminary observations - Report to be presented at the Human Rights Council in September 2016

Upcoming visits
Côte d’Ivoire

Visits requested
Brazil
Cambodia
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Guatemala
Guinea
Indonesia
Japan
Kenya
Nepal
Rwanda
Sri Lanka


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