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Special Rapporteur on leprosy

Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members

About the mandate

In many parts of the world, persons affected by leprosy and their family members continue to face multiple forms of discrimination and widespread barriers to their participation as equal members of society including isolation and violations of their human rights.

Resolution 29/5, adopted by the Human Rights Council in June 2015, aims at intensifying efforts to eliminate all forms of prejudice and discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members, and to promote policies that facilitate their inclusion and participation.

At its 35th session in June 2017, the Human Rights Council established the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members for three years (resolution 35/9). The mandate was extended in July 2020 by three more years (resolution 44/6).

Learn more about the mandate and its activities.

Current mandate holder

Ms. Alice Cruz, Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family membersMs. Alice Cruz (Portugal) was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members in November 2017. Her mandate was extended by three years in June 2020. She has worked as External Professor at the Law School of University Andina Simón Bolívar in Ecuador. Her doctoral work in sociology focuses on the biosocial dimensions of leprosy. Read the full biography of Ms. Alice Cruz.

Key documents

Principles and guidelines for the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members

Factsheet of the Special Rapporteur on leprosy (English)

Latest thematic reports

Report on disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on persons with leprosy: This 2021 report looks at the root causes, consequences and the way to recovery in the wake of the COVID- 19 pandemic for persons with leprosy and their families. View report page | View document A/HRC/47/29

Policy framework and rights-based action plans: This report, presented to the Human Rights Council in 2020, calls for a rights-based policy framework for persons affected by Hansen’s disease and their family members. View report page | View document A/HRC/44/46

Stigmatization as dehumanization: wrongful stereotyping and structural violence against women and children affected by leprosy: In this 2019 report, the Special Rapporteur aims at unveiling the multiple nature of discrimination on the grounds of leprosy, focusing on the particular experience of women and children. View report page | View document A/HRC/41/47

Outline of the mandate’s vision, priorities and working methods: In her first thematic report as mandate holder, the Special Rapporteur appeals to States and other stakeholders to join her in her efforts to bring the needed change to the lives of persons affected by leprosy and their family members, and ensure that leprosy becomes a positive symbol of inclusiveness in the 2030 Agenda. View report page | View document A/HRC/38/42

Latest country reports

Mission to Japan (12 to 19 February 2020)
View document A/HRC/44/46/Add.1

Mission to Brazil (7 to 14 May 2019)
View document A/HRC/44/46/Add.2

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