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Selection of Mandate Holders
Tuesday, 05 August 2008 07:40


In its institution-building text, the Council has agreed on a new process for the selection of mandate holders for special procedures mandates. During the times of the Commission on Human Rights, the Chairperson of the Commission used to appoint mandate holders. This system was not satisfactory to many States, and accordingly the Council has established an elaborate new process involving several stages. 


At the first stage, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) draws up a list of eligible candidates (a roster), based on the 'technical and objective requirements for eligible candidates for mandate holders' adopted at the Council's 6th session. All interested stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations, governments, regional groups operating within the United Nations (UN) human rights system, international organisations or their offices, and other human rights bodies can submit names for consideration. Individual nominations are also allowed. The Secretariat of the Human Rights Council has invited candidatures to be submitted to the following addresses (see note verbale):


  • By email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • By post: Human Rights Council Secretariat, c/o Orest Nowosad, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Room PW 4-093, Palais des Nations, 8-14 Avenue de la Paix, CH-1211 Geneva 10.

  • By fax: +41 (0) 22 917 9011.


In a second stage, a 'Consultative Group' made up of five State representatives serving in their individual capacity for one year, review all candidatures contained on the OHCHR roster. They narrow it down to a short list of 2-3 candidates for each vacancy. After holding broad consultations, the President of the Council then appoints one mandate holder for each vacancy from that list. The appointment process will be completed 'upon the subsequent approval by the Council'.

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