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Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

Introduction

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.

Latest country visit


Country visit of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, arbitrary and summary executions to Honduras, 23 to 27 May 2016. See the press statement


Country visit of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, arbitrary and summary executions to Ukraine, 9 to 18 September 2015. See the press statement

Latest reports

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to the 71st session of the General Assembly: Review and update of some of the issues considered between 2010-2016
A/71/372

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions on the right to life and the use of force by private security providers in law enforcement contexts
A/HRC/32/39

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions on his mission to Ukraine
A/HRC/32/39/Add.1

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions: Follow up to country recommendations - Mexico
A/HRC/32/39/Add.2

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions: Observations on Communications
A/HRC/32/39/Add.3

Latest News


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Highlights

Call for submissions on Non-State Actors and Extra-judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killing: Normative framework and specific case studies
Deadline for Submissions: 31 May 2017

Briefing note on the status of the visit request to the Philippines and the working methods for fact-finding visits

Statement by Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, at the 71st session of the General Assembly

Statement by the Special Rapporteur at the "Launch of the Parliamentary Fact Sheet on the Death Penalty and Terrorism-related Offences"

Joint open letter of the Rapporteur and other experts with occasion of UNGA Special session on world drug problem, April 2016

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
14 April 2016

Feature stories

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


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Special Rapporteur

Ms. Agnes Callamard
(France),
since 1st August 2016

Former Special Rapporteurs

Mr. Christof Heyns
(South Africa),
August 2010 - July 2016 (Photos)

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