Opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

The regular procedure of a communication to the WGAD will trigger the adoption of an opinion of the WGAD as to the arbitrariness of the detention.

The WGAD issues approximately 70-90 opinions per year and all of these are adopted during its sessions. In each opinion, which is a public document (once adopted), the WGAD examines whether the situation presented is one of arbitrary detention and if so, the WGAD qualifies the situation under one or more of the five categories. It then recommends that the State take appropriate actions (usually the release of the individual) and may also ask for reparations (e.g. compensation) as well as guarantees of non-repetition.

Each opinion entails a follow-up section where the Government is asked to respond within six months on the steps taken regarding the implementation of its recommendations. The WGAD may also invite other parties, such as civil society organizations, to provide further information on the implementation of the suggested measures.

Opinions adopted by the WGAD

To access all the opinions adopted by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in all six UN languages, please visit the WGAD database, where you can search by date, category, region and symbol.

You can also visit the links below for the opinions adopted by the Working Group at each session.

Session
Dates
Opinions adopted

89th

23 - 27 November 2020

Opinions adopted at the 89th session

88th

24 - 28 August 2020

Opinions adopted at the 88th session

87th

27 April - 1 May 2020

Opinions adopted at the 87th session

86th

18 - 22 November 2019

Opinions adopted at the 86th session

85th

12 - 16 August 2019

Opinions adopted at the 85th session

84th

24 April - 3 May 2019

Opinions adopted at the 84th session

83th

19 - 23 November 2018

Opinions adopted at the 83th session

82th

20 - 24 August 2018

Opinions adopted at the 82th session

81th

17 - 26 April 2018

Opinions adopted at the 81th session

80th

20 - 24 November 2017

Opinions adopted at the 80th session

79th

21 - 25 August 2017

Opinions adopted at the 79th session

78th

19 - 28 April 2017

Opinions adopted at the 78th session

77th

21 - 25 November 2016

Opinions adopted at the 77th session

76th

22 - 26 August 2016

Opinions adopted at the 76th session