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Country visits

Invitations to visit

The Special Rapporteur is mandated to conduct official visits to States to provide technical assistance and advisory services to Governments upon request. 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.

The purpose of country visits

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.

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 September every year), and may undertake follow-up to issues raised during the visit as necessary.

Country visits reports

To access the reports in all the official languages, please copy the relevant document code, click on "Categorized Search", and paste it in the "Symbol Number" Field or alternatively search under "Documents"

Country visited

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Tunisia (November 2012)



Uruguay (October 2013)

Report forthcoming


Spain (January/February 2014)
Report forthcoming

Recent visits


Upcoming visits


Requests for visits

Cote d’Ivoire
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sri Lanka

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