Working Group on Communications


Mandate and membership

The Working Group on Communications (WGC) is designated by the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee from among its members for a period of three years (mandate renewable once). It consists of five independent and highly qualified experts and is geographically representative of the five regional groups. The Working Group meets twice a year for a period of five working days to assess the admissibility and the merits of a communication, including whether the communication alone or in combination with other communications, appears to reveal a consistent pattern of gross and reliably attested violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms. All admissible communications and recommendations thereon are transmitted to the Working Group on Situations.

The membership for the Working Group in 2017 will be as follows:

Name Nationality



Mr. Mikhael LEBEDEV

Russian Federation

Ms. Katharina PABEL


Mr. Changrok SOH

Republic of Korea

Mr. Imeru Tamrat YIGEZU



In 2018, the Working Group on Communications will hold two sessions:

  • 12 to 16 February (22nd session)
  • 13 to 17 August (23rd session)

At its 23rd session, the Working Group will consider 193 communications including communications kept under review at its 22nd session in February 2018 and new communications that have been received in the framework of the complaint procedure between September 2017 and March 2018.


All admissible communications are transmitted to the State concerned to obtain the view of the latter on the allegations of the violations. During its session, the Working Group on Communications may decide to:

  • dismiss a communication;
  • keep a communication under review and request the State concerned to provide further information within a reasonable time;
  • transmit the complaint to the Working Group on Situations.

In accordance with paragraph 106 of resolution 5/1, both the author of a communication and the State concerned, are informed of the proceeding at each stage.