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Joint questionnaire on COVID-19 and human rights

Issued by

Special Procedures

Last updated

22 December 2020


Submissions now online (See below)

Purpose: To inform their reports to the General Assembly and Human Rights Council


Several Special Procedure mandate holders will focus their forthcoming thematic reports to the United Nations Human Rights Council or the General Assembly on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the enjoyment of human rights. The questionnaire is meant to assist the human rights experts to obtain information and elaborate comprehensive recommendations on the measures taken by national, federal and local governments to protect their population and ensure the enjoyment of human rights, including particular groups at risk of discrimination or social exclusion, such as older persons, persons in situation of homelessness, women, children, persons with disabilities, people of African Descent, domestic and migrant workers, LGBT persons, persons subjected to contemporary forms of slavery, and people living in poverty or experiencing poverty as a consequence of the crisis, as well as indigenous peoples.

List of participating UN human rights experts
  • Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Mr. Olivier De Schutter;
  • Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Mr. Michael Fakhri;
  • Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Mr. Balakrishnan Rajagopal;
  • Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Ms. Karima Bennoune;
  • Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Ms. Claudia Mahler;
  • Working Group on People of African Decent;
  • Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Mr. José Francisco Cali Tzay;
  • Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences, Mr. Tomoya Obokata;
  • Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, Ms. Mama Fatima Singhateh;
  • Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Mr Victor Madrigal-Borloz;
  • Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, Mr. Baskut Tuncak;
  • Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Ms. Yuefen Li


Who should respond to the questionnaire/call for contributions?

States, regional and local governments, international and regional organizations, National Human Rights Institutions, equality bodies, and civil society organizations, UN agencies, funds and programmes and other interested stakeholders.

What can be sent?

The mandate holders welcome all relevant contributions and submissions which can be drafted in response to the questions. Reports which have already been drafted on relevant topics may also be submitted for consideration.

Additional submissions containing information of exclusive interest for one particular mandate, can be found on the individual webpage of the participating Special Rapporteur or Independent Expert.

Inputs Received

Inputs Received