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Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence

Purpose of the mandate

In situations of transition from conflict or authoritarian rule where there have been gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law, the Special Rapporteur focuses on the measures adopted by the relevant authorities to guarantee truth, justice, reparation, memory and guarantees of non-recurrence, with the aim to:

  • Ensure accountability and serve justice;
  • Promote truth and memory about past violations;
  • Provide remedies to victims;
  • Reform the national institutional and legal framework and promote the rule of law in accordance with international human rights law, and restore confidence in the institutions of the State;
  • Ensure social cohesion, nation-building, ownership and inclusiveness at the national and local levels; and promote healing and reconciliation;
  • Prevent the recurrence of crises and future violations of human rights.

About the mandate

On 29 September 2011, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 18/7, in which it decided to appoint, for a period of three years, a Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. In 2017, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 36/7, which extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for a further period of three years.

Read more on the history of the mandate.

Current mandate holder


Mr. Fabian Salvioli, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Mr. Fabian Salvioli (Argentina) was appointed
Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence in May 2018

Mr. Fabian Salvioli took up his functions as Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence on 1 May 2018, succeeding Mr. Pablo de Greiff. He is a human rights lawyer and professor of International Law and Human Rights at the School of Law of the University of La Plata, where he is also Director of the Human Rights Master Program and Director of the Institute of Human Rights. Read Mr. Fabian Salvioli’s full biography

Latest thematic reports

Memorialisation processes in the context of serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law: the fifth pillar of transitional justice: Presented at the 45th session of the Human Rights Council in 2020, Mr. Salvioli examines the regulatory framework concerning the obligation to adopt memory processes and ensure their non-regression, analyses the challenges and opportunities surrounding these processes in situations of conflict and transition, and addresses the problem of the weaponisation of memory on social networks.
View report page | View document A/HRC/45/45

Apologies for gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law: Presented at the General Assembly in October 2019, this report seeks to identify practices and lessons learned in relation to the adoption of apologies for gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law.
View report page | View document A/74/147

Latest country reports

Mission to Gambia (20 to 27 November 2019)
End of mission statement | A/45/45/Add.3

Mission to El Salvador (24 April to 3 May 2019)
End of mission statement | A/45/45/Add.2 

Mission to Sri Lanka (10 to 23 October 2017)
A/45/45/Add.1

Latest news


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Calls for input

Report on the multi-layered aspects of a gender perspective in transitional justice processes
Closed. Report to be issued in October 2020.

Activities

COVID-19, prison overcrowding, and serving sentences for serious human rights violations
May 2020

Brazil: Information note on regional court’s decision on Herzog case (Word): English |Portuguese

Videos

GA 74th session (3rd Committee) - Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur October 2019
Watch the dialogue on UN Web TV 

HRC 42nd session - Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur
September 2019
Watch the 8th Meeting on UN Web TV
Watch the 9th Meeting on UN Web TV

Straight talk on transitional justice and prevention
March 2018
Watch on YouTube

Former mandate holders

Mr. Pablo de Greiff (Colombia)
2012 - 2018