Official country visits
The Special Rapporteur is mandated to conduct official visits to States to provide technical assistance and advisory services to Governments upon request. These visits provide an opportunity to examine the transitional justice measures that have been taken to address gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law, to identify gaps and challenges, and to make recommendations thereon. The visits are intended to provide an independent and impartial assessment, for use by all actors on the ground. At the end of the visit, the Special Rapporteur generally holds a press conference during which he shares his preliminary observations and recommendations for the consideration of the Government concerned and other stakeholders. The Special Rapporteur then presents his final observations and recommendations to the Human Rights Council (in September every year) and may undertake follow-up to issues raised during the visit as necessary.
During the visits, the Special Rapporteur usually meets with the Heads of State and of Government, relevant Government Ministers, heads of law enforcement authorities, members of the legislative and the judiciary, representatives of independent human rights institutions, representatives of civil society, the media, United Nations agencies, among others. The Special Rapporteur will usually begin a visit in the capital city, and then proceed to other cities or towns, as well as to rural areas of particular relevance to the mandate. Visits usually take place of a period up to 10 days, but the duration may change depending upon the size of the country or the complexity of the issues to be addressed.
Some States have issued standing invitations to all special procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council, while for others the mandate holder writes to the State requesting to express his interest in carrying out such a visit.
Country visits undertaken
Sri Lanka (October 2017) ||Forthcoming|
United Kingdom of Great-Britain and Northern Ireland (November 2015) ||A/HRC/34/62/Add.1||
A C E F R S|
|United Kingdom of Great-Britain and Northern Ireland (State comments to the Special Rapporteur’s report)||A/HRC/34/62/Add.2||
Burundi (8–16 December 2014)
Burundi Special Rapporteur update on his visit to Burundi (14 September 2015)
Spain (January/February 2014)
A C E F R S
Spain (Comentarios del Estado al informe del Relator Especial)
Uruguay (October 2013)
A C E F R S
Tunisia (November 2012)
A C E F R S
El Salvador (24 April to 3 May 2019)
Democratic Republic of the Congo