Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus


On 28 June 2012, the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus was established by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 20/13.  On 1 November 2012, Mr. Miklós Haraszti, assumed the functions of the Special Rapporteur.

Miklós Haraszti is an Hungarian author, professor, human rights promoter, and a diplomat. His books have been translated into many languages. He has been awarded France's Legion of Honour for his role in promoting human rights internationally, and similarly high honours from Hungary, Poland and Sweden.

In 1976, Mr. Haraszti co-founded Hungary’s human rights and free press movement. In 1989, he participated in the negotiations between the opposition and the authorities, which led to the holding of free and fair elections. In the 1990s he was a Member of Parliament.

From 2004 to 2010, he served as the Representative on Freedom of the Media for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).  Since then he has led various OSCE Election Assessment / Observation missions: US mid-term Congressional Elections in 2010; Parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan in 2012 and in Bulgaria in 2013.

In 2010 and 2011 Mr. Haraszti co-taught courses at Columbia University with President Lee C. Bollinger.  Since 2012 he has been a visiting professor at the Central European University, based in Hungary.

Overview of the mandate

The Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/20/13 mandates the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus to:

  1. monitor the situation of human rights in Belarus and to make recommendations for its improvement;
  2. help to implement the recommendations contained in the report of the High Commissioner (A/HRC/20/8) to the Human Rights Council in June 2012;
  3. assist the Government of Belarus in fulfilling its human rights obligations; to offer support and advice to civil society;
  4. seek, receive, examine and act on information from all relevant stakeholders pertaining to the situation of human rights in Belarus;
  5. report annually to the Human Rights Council and to the General Assembly.  

Submission of information and Contact details:

Information relevant for the mandate holder is very much welcomed and can be sent at sr-belarus@ohchr.org or contact Alexandre Girard (Tel. +41 22 917 91 80/ email: agirard@ohchr.org).

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