Country Visits

UN independent experts regularly undertake country visits to report on human rights issues. Country visits provide the Special Rapporteur with important opportunities to examine in situ the progress and obstacles to the enjoyment of human rights by those living in extreme poverty.

Country visits usually last about two weeks and include meetings between the Special Rapporteur and individuals affected by poverty, government officials, members of the legislature and judiciary, state institutions, civil society organizations, and academics. At the conclusion of such country visits, the Special Rapporteur presents a detailed statement of his initial findings. Read more about country visits.

The Special Rapporteur and his predecessors have undertaken country visits since 1996, as summarised in the table below.

Forthcoming visits

None

Country visits


Year of visit
Country visited
Report symbol number
2019
Uzbekistan (September 2019)
Honduras (August 2019)
2017
Poland (October 2017)
2016
Sri Lanka (April/May 2016)
2015
Guinea-Bissau (October)
2015
Portugal (January/February)
2014
Tunisia (November/December)
2014
United Arab Emirates (January/February)
2014
Qatar (January)
2013
Russian Federation (April)
2013
Maldives (February)
2012
El Salvador (November)
2012
Pakistan (May)
2011
Turkey (October)
2011
Romania (May)
2011
Bulgaria (May)
2010
Mozambique (August and December)
2010
Mexico (October)
2009
Colombia (December)
2009
Guatemala (January and May follow-up visit)
2008
Russian Federation (May)
2007
Democratic Republic of the Congo (April)
2007
Maldives (February)
2005
Kyrgyzstan (September)
2005
Tajikistan (September)
2005
Ecuador (July – follow-up visit)
2005
Ecuador (March)
2004
Brazil (October)
2004
Kazakhstan (July)
2002
Italy (November – follow-up visit)
2002
Saudi Arabia (October)
2002
Indonesia (July)
2002
Italy (March)
2001
Mexico (May)
2001
Guatemala (May – follow-up visit)
2000
Slovak Republic (November)
2000
Belarus (June)
2000
South Africa (May)
1999
Guatemala (August)
1997
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (October)
1997
Belgium (October)
1996
Colombia (September)
1996
Peru (September)

Visit requests (first request/reminders)

Angola (2008)
Argentina
(2011/2014)
Azerbaijan
(2008)
Bangladesh
(2007/2012)
Burundi
(2010)
Cambodia
(2006)
Cameroon (2017)
China (2011/2013, 2014, 2015)
Cuba
(1995/1996, 1999)
Ecuador
(2015)
Egypt
(1999/2000, 2014, 2015)
Equatorial Guinea
(2002)
Fiji
(2007/2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
France
(2014)
Georgia
(2008/2010)
Germany
(2014)
Greece
(2001, 2013/2014)
Holy See (2013)
Honduras (2017)
India (2011/2014)
Iran
(2006/2008, 2011, 2015)
Iraq
(2008/2014)
Italy
(2013)
Jordan (2017)
Kenya
(2000/2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Lebanon
(2015/2017)
Liberia
(2010)
Malaysia
(2011)
Morocco (2017)
Myanmar (2009/2012)
Nepal
(2011/2012, 2014)
Nigeria
(1995/1996, 2004, 2005, 2008)
Philippines
(2006/2011, 2012, 2014)
Poland (2017)
Spain (2014)
Swaziland (2012)
Togo
(2012)
Turkey (2017)
Turkmenistan (1996/2003, 2004)
Ukraine
(2013)
United States of America
(2012/2013, 2014)
Uzbekistan
(1996/2003, 2004, 2008)
Venezuela
(2011/2014, 2015)
Zambia
(2012)
Zimbabwe
(2000/2001, 2012)

Invitations extended to the Special Rapporteur/requests accepted

Azerbaijan (2008)
Burundi (2010)
Chad (2016)
France (2014)
Georgia (2010)
Germany (2014)
Greece (2014)
Honduras (2011)
Iraq (2014)
Kenya (2014)
Morocco (2014)
Nepal (2014)
Paraguay (2016)
Spain (2014)
United States of America (2014)


Special Procedures

Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers
Recent thematic reports
Contact information

Diego García-Sayán
Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers
Address: OHCHR-UNOG, 8-14 Avenue de la Paix,
1211 Geneve 10, Switzerland
Fax: +41 22 917 9006
Email: SRindependenceJL@ohchr.org