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Without respect for the right to life, no other human right can be upheld. Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions – meaning the deliberate killing of individuals outside of any legal framework - are a violation of this most fundamental right.
The Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions is an independent human rights expert appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council. The mandate of the Special Rapporteur was established in 1982 and has been renewed numerous times, most recently in June 2017 (HRC resolution 44/05). The mandate of the Special Rapporteur covers all countries, irrespective of whether a State has ratified relevant international Conventions.
Mr. Morris Tidball-Binz was appointed the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial summary or arbitrary executions, on 1 April 2021. Mr. Morris Tidball-Binz (Viña del Mar, Chile, 1957) is a medical doctor specialized in forensic science, human rights and humanitarian action. Over the past 35 years, he has conducted fact-finding, technical assessments and capacity building missions to over 70 countries in all regions.
The Minnesota Protocol on the Investigation of Potentially Unlawful Death (2016): The Revised United Nations Manual on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions
The Minnesota Protocol was drafted in 1991 as a companion document to the 1989 UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions. It was revised in 2016.
UN Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions
Ms. Agnes Callamard
August 2016 - March 2021
Mr. Christof Heyns
August 2010 - July 2016
Mr. Philip Alston
August 2004 – July 2010
Ms. Asma Jahangir
Mr. Bacre Waly Ndiaye
Mr. S. Amos Wako