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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 organisations, and academics. At the conclusion of country visits, the Special Rapporteur presents a detailed statement of his initial findings.
The Special Rapporteur and his predecessors have undertaken country visits since 1998, as summarised in the table below.
Civil society input
Press release/Press statement
About Special Procedures
About country visits
About extreme poverty
Current mandate holder
Annual thematic reports
The impact of COVID19 on people living in poverty (2020)
Digital welfare states and human rights (2019)
Climate change and poverty (2019)
Privatisation and human rights (2018)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and social protection (2018)
Civil and political rights of persons living in poverty (2017)
Universal basic income (2017)
UN responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti (2016)
Marginalisation of economic and social rights (2016)
The World Bank and human rights (2015)
Mr. Olivier De Schutter Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Twitter account: @srpoverty