What are the United Nations special procedures?

What are the United Nations special procedures?

Special procedures are individual independent human rights experts, or groups of such experts, who report and advise on human rights issues. They are called by many names, including Special Rapporteurs, Special Representatives, Working Groups, and Independent Experts.

How are special rapporteurs chosen?

Appointed by the Human Rights Council of the UN, these mandate-holders act independently of governments and as such play an important role in monitoring sovereign nations and democratically elected governments and policies.

What are special rapporteurs and what do they do?

Special rapporteurs are in charge of holding inquiries into violations and to intervene on specific issues or urgent situations. They therefore play an important role in the protection of human rights. Their mission is to study and draft a report on a country’s situation about a human right issue.

How many special procedures are there?

As of August 2019 there are 55 current Special Procedure mandates and 79 mandate-holders, who serve in their personal capacity as independent experts. Within the various mechanisms referred to as ‘Special Procedures’ five distinct types can be identified, each with their own specific form and function.

Are UN special rapporteurs paid?

About Special Procedures They are non-paid and elected for 3-year mandates that can be reconducted for another three years.

Who appoints the individuals who serve as special procedures?

the Council
The Human Rights Council’s Special Procedures mandate holders are made up of special rapporteurs, independent experts or working groups composed of five members who are appointed by the Council and who serve in their personal capacity.

What does a UN rapporteur do?

Appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), special rapporteurs are independent experts tasked to monitor and report on the human rights situation through either a country mandate or thematic mandate.

Who was the first Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples at the UN?

“Annex: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, on the situation of indigenous peoples in the United States of America”: p. 2-23….

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