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List of Current Mandates
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 06:44

 

The following list provides useful information on all special procedures mandates of the Human Rights Council, both for thematic mandates, and country specific mandates. For each mandate, there is a link to the official OHCHR page and some basic information about the current mandate holders. We also provide links to ISHR reports on the review of the mandate in the course of the institution-building process, and on the consideration of all reports presented to the Human Rights Council since 2006 (as contained in our Daily Updates).

 

Thematic mandates

Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living
Working Group of Experts on people of African descent
  • Current mandate holders: Ms Verene Shepherd, Jamaica (since April 2010); Ms Monorama Biswas, Bangladesh (since November 2008); Ms Mirjana Najcevska, The Former Yougoslavic Republic of Macedonia (since November 2008); Ms Maya Sahli, Algeria (since August 2008), Ms Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, France (since May 2011)
  • OHCHR information
  • A full list of documents for this mandate can be found here
  • Accounts of previous discussions on reports delivered to the Council: 18 September 200627 March 200728 March 200719 March 2008, 24 March 2009
Working Group on arbitrary detention
  • Current mandate holders: Mr Vladimir Tochilovsky, Ukraine (since 2010); Mr Mads Andenas, Norway (since August 2009); Mr Roberto Garretón, Chile (since May 2008); Ms Shaheen Sardar Ali, Pakistan (since August 2008); Mr El Hadji Malick Sow, Senegal (since May 2008)
  • OHCHR information
  • An account of discussions around some of the mandate’s previous renewals can be found here and here
  • A full list of documents for this mandate can be found here
  • Accounts of previous discussions on reports delivered to the Council: 21 September 2006 (joint report on the situation of detainees at Guantánamo Bay), 27 March 200710 March 20086 March 2009
Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights
  • Current mandate holder: Ms Farida Shaheed, Pakistan (since November 2009)
  • OHCHR information
  • Mandate created by the Council on 26 March 2009
  • A full list of documents for this mandate can be found here
Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice
  • Current mandate holders: Ms Emna Aouij, Tunisia (since May 2011); Ms Mercedes Barquet, Mexico (since May 2011); Ms Kamala Chandrakirana, Indonesia (since May 2011); Ms Frances Raday, Israel/United Kingdom (since May 2011); Ms Eleonora Zielinska, Poland (since May 2011)
  • OHCHR information
  • Mandate established by the Council: 6 October 2010
  • No reports to the Council so far
Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order
  • Current mandate holder: Mr Alfred De Zayas, USA (assuming responsibilities as of 1st May 2012)
  • OHCHR information (not yet available)
  • Mandate established by the Council: 23 September 2011
  •  No reports to the Council so far
Special Rapporteur on the right to education
Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances
  • Current mandate holders: Mr Ariel Dulitzky, Argentina/USA (since August 2010); Ms Jasminka Dzumhur, Bosnia and Herzegovina (since May 2010); Mr Osman El-Hajje, Lebanon (since August 2009); Mr Jeremy Sarkin, South Africa (since May 2008) and Mr Olivier de Frouville, France (since November 2008)
  • OHCHR information
  • An account of a discussion on the mandate’s previous renewal can be found here
  • A full list of documents for this mandate can be found here
  • Accounts of previous discussions on reports delivered to the Council: 21 March 200722 March 200710 March 2008,11 March 2008,10 March 2009
Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

 

Independent Expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty
Special Rapporteur on the right to food
Independent expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of  States on the full enjoyment of human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights
Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
  • Current mandate holder: Mr Frank William La Rue Lewy, Guatemala ( since August 2008)
  • OHCHR information
  • An account of a discussion on the mandate’s previous renewal can be found here
  • A full list of documents for this mandate can be found here
  • Accounts of previous discussions on reports delivered to the Council: 27 March 200711 March 200812 March 2008  
Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
  • Current mandate holder: Mr Maina Kiai, Kenya (since May 2011)
  • OHCHR information
  • Mandate created by the Council: 30 September 2010
  • A full list of documents for this mandate can be found here
Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
  • Current mandate holder: Mr Heiner Bielefeldt, Germany (since August 2010)
  • OHCHR information
  • An account of discussions around some of the mandate’s previous renewals can be found here and here
  • A full list of documents for this mandate can be found here
  • Accounts of previous discussions on reports delivered to the Council: 21 September 2006 (joint report on incitement to racial and religious hatred and the promotion of tolerance), 21 September 2006 (joint report on the situation of detainees at Guantánamo Bay), 22 September 2006 (joint report on incitement to racial and religious hatred and the promotion of tolerance), 27 March 200710 March 2009
Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people
Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons
Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination
  • Current mandate holders:; Ms Faiza Patel, Pakistan (since August 2010); Mr Anton Farrel Katz, South Africa (since August 2011); Ms Patricia Arias, Chile (since August 2011) and Ms Elzbieta Karska, Poland (since August 2011); Mr Gabor Rona, USA/Hungary (since November 2011).
  • OHCHR information
  • An account of a discussion on the mandate’s previous renewal can be found here
  • A full list of documents for this mandate can be found here
  • Accounts of previous discussions on reports delivered to the Council: 25 September 200621 March 200710 March 2008
Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants  
Independent Expert on minority issues
Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery
  • Current mandate holder: Ms Gulnara Shahinian, Armenia (since May 2008)
  • OHCHR information
  • An account of a discussion on the mandate’s creation can be found here
  • A full list of documents for this mandate can be found here
 Independent Expert on human rights and  international solidarity
  • Current mandate holder: Ms Virginia Dandan, Philippines, (since August 2011)
  • OHCHR information
  • An account of a discussion on the mandate’s previous renewal can be found here
  • A full list of documents for this mandate can be found here
  • Accounts of previous discussions on reports delivered to the Council: 4 October 200613 September 200710 September 2008
Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights
  • Current mandate holder: Mr Cephas Lumina, Zambia (since May 2008)
  • Between 2000 and 2008, this mandate had the title Independent Expert on the effects of economic reform policies and foreign debt on the full enjoyment of human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights
  • OHCHR information
  • An account of a discussion on the mandate’s previous renewal can be found here
  • A full list of documents for this mandate can be found here
  • Accounts of previous discussions on reports delivered to the Council: 25 September 200621 March 200712 March 20085 June 2009
Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism
Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights
Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children
  • Current mandate holder: Ms Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, Nigeria (since August 2008)
  • OHCHR information
  • An account of a discussion on the mandate’s previous renewal can be found here
  • A full list of documents for this mandate can be found here
  • Accounts of previous discussions on reports delivered to the Council: 20 September 200612 March 2009
Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises
  • Current mandate holders: Mr Michael K. Addo, Ghana (since November 2011); Mr Puvan Selvanathan, Malaysia (since November 2011); Mr Pavel Sulyandziga, Russian Federation (since November 2011); Ms Alexandra Guaqueta, Colombia/USA (since November 2011); Ms Margaret Jungk, USA (since November 2011)

  • OHCHR information

  • An account of a discussion on the mandate’s previous renewal can be found here   

  • A full list of documents for this mandate can be found here

  • Accounts of previous discussions on reports delivered to the Council: 25 September 200626 September 200628 March 200729 March 20073 June 20084 June 20082 June 2009

Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • Current mandate holder: Ms Catarina de Albuquerque, Portugal, (since November 2008)
  • OHCHR information
  • A full list of documents for this mandate can be found here
Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantee of non-recurrence
  • OHCHR information (not yet available)
  • Current mandate holder: Mr Pablo De Greiff, Colombia (elected at the 20th session of the Council in March 2012)
  • Resolution adopted by the Council: 13 October 2011

Updated 26 May 2012

Geographic mandates

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for human rights in Cambodia 
Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire 
  • Current mandate holder: Mr Doudou Diene, Senegal (since November 2011)

  • OHCHR information

  • Report of the independent expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire, Doudou Diène, from the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council can be found here

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Independent Expert appointed by the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights in Haiti
  • Current mandate holder: Mr. Michel Forst, France (since August 2008)

  • OHCHR information

  • An account of discussions around some of the mandate’s previous renewals can be found here and here:

  • A full list of Human Rights Council reports for this mandate can be found here

  • Accounts of previous discussions on reports delivered to the Council: 26 September 2006 and 27 September 2006 , 12 June 200717 June 200817 June 2009

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Current mandate holder: Mr Ahmed Shaheed, Maldives (since August 2011)

  • OHCHR information

  • Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran from the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council can be found here

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
  • Current mandate holder: Mr Tomas Ojea Quintana, Argentina (since May 2008)

  • OHCHR information

  • An account of discussions around some of the mandate’s previous renewals can be found here and here

  • A full list of Human Rights Council reports for this mandate can be found here

  • Accounts of previous discussions on reports delivered to the Council: 27 September 2006 , 23 March 200711 December 200712 December 200713 March 2008 , 6 June 2008, 16 March 2009

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia
  • Current mandate holder: Mr Shamsul Bari, Bangladesh (since May 2008)

  • OHCHR information

  • An account of the discussion around the mandate’s previous renewal can be found here

  • A full list of Human Rights Council reports for this mandate can be found here

  • Accounts of previous discussions on reports delivered to the Council: 26 September 200612 June 200720 March 2008,19 September 2008,25 March 2009

Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan
  • Current mandate holder: Mr Mashood Baderin, Nigeria (since March 2012)

  • OHCHR information

  • Human Rights Council Resolutions

  • An account of discussions around some of the mandate’s previous renewals can be found here and here

  • A full list of Human Rights Council reports for this mandate can be found here

  • Accounts of previous discussions on reports delivered to the Council: 27 September 200613 June 2007 (Expert Group on Darfur), 24 September 2007 (Expert Group on Darfur), 11 December 2007 (Expert Group on Darfur), 17 March 2008, 16 June 2009

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Syrian Arab Republic

 

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