Submitting information to the Special Rapporteur

Submission of information to the Special Procedures

To carry out her work, the Special Rapporteur relies heavily on information from indigenous peoples, their organizations and NGOs. The Special Rapporteur encourages these sources to submit information that relates to her mandate from the Human Rights Council, which is to promote the human rights of indigenous peoples and address specific situations in which their rights are being violated. This information may be about positive developments, studies or conferences of interest, new initiatives, or problem situations.

Information alleging human rights violations

The Special Rapporteur is authorized to act on credible information alleging human rights violations of indigenous peoples. No formal requirements exist for submitting information to the Special Rapporteur on alleged violations. Neither exhaustion of domestic remedies nor a detailed legal argument about the case is required. Any person, group or organization can send information to the Special Rapporteur irrespective of the relationship with the victim(s) of the alleged violation.

The identity of an alleged victim will be included in the communications sent to the State concerned. The explicit consent of the victim is therefore necessary.

Information submitted to the Special Rapporteur on alleged violations should include a detailed description of the circumstances of the case. It should be precise and as brief as possible (1-2 pages may suffice) while providing a complete statement of the situation, and may be accompanied by annexes providing written or graphic evidence of the facts.

The information should include, where applicable:

When and Where: Date, time and precise location of the incident (Country, region, municipality)

Victim(s) or Community Affected: Name, number and full details on the location of the indigenous peoples, community or individual(s) whose rights allegedly have been violated or are under threat.

What happened: Detailed circumstances of the alleged violation. If an initial event leads to others, please describe them chronologically. In cases of general measures, such as national legislation or policies, indicate their stage of development and how indigenous peoples have or will be affected by them.

Perpetrator(s): Detailed information on the person(s) or institution(s) responsible for the violation and their relation, if any, to the Government concerned. If circumstances require, provide an explanation of the reasons for suspecting responsibility of the person(s) or institution(s) identified.

Action taken by State authorities: If applicable, what actions have been taken by the relevant authorities to remedy the situation? Has the matter been reported to the administrative or judicial authorities of the State concerned? Note that exhaustion of domestic remedies is not a requirement. This information merely aids the Special Rapporteur in understanding the allegation and developing an appropriate response.

Action taken before international bodies: Has any action been initiated before other international or regional human rights mechanisms? If so, at what stage are these other international actions?

Source: Name and full address of the indigenous people, organization or individual(s) submitting the information. These contact details are essential in the event the Special Rapporteur needs clarification or further information on the case. This information is kept confidential, unless the source authorizes otherwise.

Submitting the Information — contact information

Anyone who wishes to submit information to the Special Rapporteur may do so in one of the following ways:

Email (preferred method):
Please include “Communication regarding [country or indigenous peoples]” in the Subject Line 

Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais Wilson
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland



Source Contact Information:

  Email address (optional):

  Website (optional):


Description of Submitting Organization:


Alleged Victims or Community Affected:


Alleged Perpetrators:


Summary of Events:


Additional Comments:



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