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 (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.
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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.
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Latest country reports
Mission to Gambia (20 to 27 November 2019)
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Mission to El Salvador (24 April to 3 May 2019)
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Mission to Sri Lanka (10 to 23 October 2017)