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Annual thematic reports

Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Each year the Working Group reports to the Human Rights Council on its activities. In the report, the Working Group will express its observations on the different institutions, legal insufficiencies, policies, judicial practices which, in its opinion, are the cause for the occurrence of cases of arbitrary deprivation of liberty, and on best practices safeguarding against arbitrary deprivation of liberty.

Reports include the following annexes or addenda: reports on country visits.

See all reports and documents relating to the Working Group.

 

Year Title Symbol number
2023 Annual report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
In this report, the Working Group reviews its annual activities and examines the following thematic issues: arbitrary detention and laws on spreading disinformation; arbitrary detention and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic; and deprivation of liberty of environmental human rights defenders
A/HRC/54/51
2022 Annual report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
In this report, the Working Group reviews its annual activities and examines the following thematic issues: secret detention; arbitrary detention and the principles of effective interviewing for investigations and information-gathering; and deprivation of liberty of older persons.
A/HRC/51/29
2021 Annual report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
In this report, the Working Group reviews its annual activities and examines the following thematic issues: deprivation of liberty of human rights defenders, forcible transfers of individuals and prohibition of arbitrary detention, and the Declaration against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State relations.
A/HRC/48/55
2020 Annual report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
In this report, the Working Group reviews its annual activities and examines the following thematic issues: women deprived of liberty, the right to legal assistance in preventing arbitrary deprivation of liberty, modern technologies and alternatives to detention.
A/HRC/45/16
2019 Annual report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
In this report, the Working Group reviews its annual activities and examines the following thematic issues: deprivation of liberty in the context of conscientious objection to military service, use of registers to avoid arbitrary detention, use of the Working Group’s opinions in domestic proceedings, and comprehensive reparations to victims of arbitrary detention.
A/HRC/42/39
2018 Annual report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
In this report, the Working Group reviews its annual activities and considers the issue of consular assistance and diplomatic protection for persons deprived of liberty. It also examines the linkages between arbitrary detention and instances of torture and ill-treatment.
A/HRC/39/45
2017 Annual report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
In this report, the Working Group reviews its annual activities and examines the issue of deprivation of liberty on discriminatory grounds. It also analyzes issues relating to the increasing number of new regimes of deprivation of liberty that arise in different situations and contexts around the world.
A/HRC/36/37
2016 Annual report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
In this report, the Working Group reviews its annual activities and shares various other amendments and recommendations.
A/HRC/33/50
2015 Annual report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
In this report, the Working Group analyzes issues relating to detention in the context of drug control and to peaceful protests and arbitrary detention, and emphasizes the need of remedies for arbitrary detention as an imperative norm of international human rights law.
A/HRC/30/36
Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: United Nations Basic Principles and Guidelines on remedies and procedures on the right of anyone deprived of their liberty to bring proceedings before a court A/HRC/30/37
2014 Annual report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
A compilation of national, regional and international laws, regulations and practices on the right to challenge the lawfulness of detention before court.
A/HRC/27/47
Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention A/HRC/27/48
2013 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention A/HRC/22/44
2012 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention A/HRC/19/57
2011 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention A/HRC/16/47
2010 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention A/HRC/13/30
2009 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention A/HRC/10/21
2008 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention A/HRC/7/4
2007 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention A/HRC/4/40
2006 Joint Report on the situation of detainees at Guantánamo Bay E/CN.4/2006/120
Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/2006/7
2005 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/2005/6
2004 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/2004/3
2003 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/2003/8
2002 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/2002/77
2001 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/2001/14
2000 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/2000/4
1999 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/1999/63
1998 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/1998/44
1997 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/1997/4
1996 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/1996/40
1995 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/1995/31
1994 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/1994/27
1993 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/1993/24
1992 Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention E/CN.4/1992/20