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Human Rights Special Procedures: Thematic Mandates

This list groups the mandates by broad themes. It includes the following mandates:

  • current
  • completed
  • that were requested but were never approved.

References are also given to related studies as well as to working papers that did not culminate in a special procedure mandate.

Themes

C

CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS

Fair trial
Freedom of information
Freedom of movement
Freedom of opinion and expression
Freedom of peaceful assembly and association
Non-citizens
Political rights
Privacy
Religion
Self-determination / Mercenaries
 

D

DEVELOPMENT, FINANCE, ENVIRONMENT

Corruption
Debt and structural adjustment policies
Economic, social and cultural rights
Environment
Globalization
International order
Mass exoduses, migration, IDPs, population transfers
Peasants
Poverty, extreme
Right to development
Transnational corporations
Unilateral coercive measures

 

DISCRIMINATION

Albinism
Children
Disabilities
Affirmative action
Discrimination, racial
Discrimination, work and descent
Indigenous peoples
Minorities - national, ethnic, religious, linguistic
Older persons
Persons born our ot wedlock
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Women
Youth

E

ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS

Economic, social and cultural rights
Education
Employment and occupation
Food
Health
Housing / Property
Water and sanitation
 

H

HUMAN RIGHTS LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS ADVANCEMENT

Democracy, peace, capacity building
Human rights defenders / Non state actors
Human rights instruments  / Human rights treaty system
Individual and international law
Solidarity
 

H

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

Crimes of sexual violence
Disappearances
Extrajudicial executions
Slavery
Trafficking in person and exploitation of labour
Torture
Weapons
 

I

INTERNATIONAL CRIMES, WAR CRIMES

Genocide
Restitution, compensation and rehabilitation
Terrorism
Truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
 

J

JUSTICE

Administration of justice
Amnesty laws
Death penalty
Detention, imprisonment
Judges and lawyers
Impunity
 

S

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Scientific progress and human rights

 

Administration of justice

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1963 Sub-Commission Equality in administration of justice Special Rapporteur Completed
1979 Sub-Commission Discriminatory treatment of members of racial, ethnic, religious or linguistic groups at the various levels in the administration of criminal justice, such as police, military, administrative and judicial investigations, arrest, detention, trial and execution of sentences, including the ideologies or beliefs which contribute or lead to racism in the administration of criminal justice Special Rapporteur Completed
1994 Sub-Commission Administration of justice and the question of compensation Working Group Completed
1997 Sub-Commission Administration of justice Working Group Completed
2002 Sub-Commission Discrimination in the criminal justice system Special Rapporteur Completed
2006  Sub-Commission Right to an effective remedy  Special Rapproteur Not approved

Related studies

2002 Sub-Commission Administration of justice through military tribunals Rapporteur Completed
Theme Equality in administration of justice
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1963
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolutions 1 (XV) (1963) [mandate],  5 (XVI) (1964), 5 (XVI) (1965),
    4 (XVII) (1965), 2 (XVIII) (1966), 2 (XIX) (1967), 5 (XX) (1967), 4 (XXI) (1968), 3 (XXII) (1969), 3 (XXIII) (1970) [mandate termination]
  • Commission resolutions 5 (XIX) (1963), 1 (XXVI) (1970), 13 (XXVII) (1970), 5 (XXIX) (1973)
  • ECOSOC resolution 1499 (XLVIII) (1970) 
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Mohamed Ahmed Abu Rannat Special Rapporteur on equality in administration of justice (1963-1970)

  • Reports:
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/237 (9 Dec. 1963) and Add.1 + Corr.1
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/246 (16 Nov. 1964)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/253 (12 Oct. 1965)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/266 (1 Nov. 1966)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/281 (7 July 1967)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/289 (15 July 1968)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/296 (10 June 1969), also published as E/CN.4/Sub.2/296/Rev.1 (Feb. 1972) (71.XIV.3)
Theme Discriminatory treatment of members of racial, ethnic,
religious or linguistic groups at the various levels in the
administration of criminal justice, such as police, military,
administrative and judicial investigations, arrest, detention,
trial and execution of sentences, including the ideologies or
beliefs which contribute or lead to racism in the administration of
criminal justice
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1979
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur / Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury Special Rapporteur on the study of discriminatory
treatment in the administration of criminal justice (1979-1983)

  •  Reports:
Theme Working group on administration of justice and the question of compensation
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1994
Status Completed
Decisions
Mandate holder Working Group (1994-1996)
Reports Reports
Theme Working group on administration of justice
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1997
Status Completed
Decisions
Mandate holder Working Group (1997-2006)
Reports Reports
Theme Discrimination in the criminal justice system
Mandating body Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2002
Status Completed
Resolutions
Working paper

E/CN.4/Sub.2/2001/WG.1/CRP.1 (1 June 2001)

Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms. Leïla Zerrougui Special Rapporteur on discrimination in the criminal justice system (2002-2005)

 

 

Theme Right to an effective remedy
Mandate requested by

Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

Year requested 2006
Resolutions / decisions Sub-Commission resolution 2006/2 

Sub-Commission decision 2004/117 (Mr. Mohamed Habib Cherif),
2004/119 (Ms Françoise Hampson),
2005/106 (Ms Françoise Hampson and Mr. Mohamed Habib Cherif)

Requested mandate holder

Mr. El-Hadji Guissé as Special Rapporteur

Documents

E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/13 (21 June 2005) - Mr. Mohamed Habib Cherif
E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/15 (27 June 2005) - Ms Françoise Hampson
A/HRC/Sub.1/58/CRP.4 (3 Aug 2006) - Ms Françoise Hampson and Mr. Mohamed Habib Cherif 

Theme Administration of justice through military tribunals
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 2002
Status Completed
Decisions
  • Sub-Commission decisions 2001/103, 2002/103, resolutions 2003/8, 2004/27, 2005/15
  • Commission resolutions 2003/39, 2004/32, 2005/30​, 2005/33
Related reports

Mr. Lois Joinet 
E/CN.4/Sub.2/2000/WG.1/CRP.2
E/CN.4/Sub.2/2001/WG.1/CRP.3 (9 Aug. 2001)
 

Reports

Mr. Lois Joinet Rapporteur

Mr. Emmanuel Decaux Rapporteur

Working papers

Circumstances in which civilians lose their immunity from attack under international
humanitarian law and human rights law

Sub-Commission decision 2005/108

MFrançoise Hampson

Working paper was not submitted due to the uncertainty of the transitional period from the 
​Commission on Human Rights to the Human Rights Council

 

Relationship between human rights law and international humanitarian law

Sub-Commission decisions 2004/118 (Françoise Hampson, Ibrahim Salama),
2005/108 (Françoise Hampson, Ibrahim Salama, Yozo Yokota)

Ms Françoise Hampson, Mr. Ibrahim Salama, Mr. Yozo Yokota

E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/14 (21 June 2005) by Ms Françoise Hampson and Ibrahim Salama

Working paper requested from Mr Ibrahim Salama by decision 2005/108 was not submitted
due to the uncertainty of the transitional period from the Commission on Human Rights to the
Human Rights Council

Working paper requested from My. Yozo Yokota by decision 2005/108 was submitted late due
to the uncertainty of the transitional period from the Commission on Human Rights to the
Human Rights Council and was issued as a conference room paper

 

Transitional justice with emphasis on Latin America

Sub-Commission decisions 2005/109, 2006/107

Mr. Janio Iván Tuñón Veilles

Working paper was not submitted due to the uncertainty of the transitional period from the
Commission on Human Rights to the Human Rights Council

 

 

Affirmative action

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1999 Sub-Commission Concept and practice of affirmative action Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme Concept and practice of affirmative action
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities / Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1999
Status Completed
Resolutions
Working paper E/CN.4/Sub.2/1998/5 (3 June 1998)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Marc Bossuyt Special Rapporteur on the concept and practice of affirmative action (1999-2002) 

 

Albinism

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2015 Human Rights Council Human rights of persons with albinism Independent Expert Ongoing
Theme Human rights of persons with albinism
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2015
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Ms. Ikponwosa Ero Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism (from 2015)

Amnesty laws

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1983 Sub-Commission Amnesty laws and their role in safeguard and promotion of human rights Special Rapporteur Completed
 
Theme Amnesty laws and their role in safeguard and promotion of human rights
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1983
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Louis Joinet Special Rapporteur on amnesty laws and their role in safeguard and promotion of human rights (1983-1985)

Working papers

Issues of amnesties, impunity and accountability for violations of international humanitarian law
and international human rights law

Sub-Commission decision 2005/108

Mr. Yozo Yokota

Working paper was not submitted due to the uncertainty of the transitional period from the
Commission on Human Rights to the 
Human Rights Council

Children

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1980 Sub-Commission Exploitation of child labour Special Rapporteur Completed
1990 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography /
Sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material
Special Rapporteur Ongoing
1993 UN. General Assembly Children and armed conflict Expert /
Special Representative
Ongoing
1994 Sub-Commission Child labour and debt bondage Special Rapporteur Not approved
2001 UN. General Assembly Violence against children Independent Expert Completed
2014 UN. General Assembly Global study on situation of children deprived of liberty Independent Expert Ongoing
Theme Sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1990
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (1991-1994)

Ms. Ofelia Calcetas-Santos Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (1994-2001)

Mr. Juan Miguel Petit Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (2001-2008)

Ms. Najat Maalla M'jid Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (2008-2014)

Mr. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography / Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children, including Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Other Child Sexual Abuse Material (2014-2020)

Ms. Mama Fatima Singhateh Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children, including Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Other Child Sexual Abuse Material (from 2020)

  • Reports
Theme Children and armed conflict
Mandating body UN. General-Assembly
Mandate establishment 1993 [expert], 1996 [special representative]
Status ONGOING  [special representative], UN Website
Resolutions General Assembly resolution 48/157 (1993) [mandate]
Mandate holder Expert of the Secretary-General
Reports

Ms Graça Machel Expert

Report  A/51/306 (26 Aug. 1996)
   
Resolutions
  • General Assembly resolution 51/77 (1996)  [mandate]
  • Commission resolutions 1997/78
Mandate holder Special Representative of the Secretary-General
Reports

 

  • Reports of the Special Representatives

 

Theme Global study on situation of children deprived of liberty
Mandating body UN. General-Assembly
Mandate establishment 2014
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions General Assembly resolution 69/157 (2014)
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Manfred Nowak Independent Expert of the global study on children deprived of liberty (from 2016)

 

 

Theme Exploitation of child labour
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1980
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolution 7 A (XXXII) (1979) [mandate], 18 (XXXIV) (1981), 1982/33 [mandate terminaiton], decision 1983/5
  • Commission resolutions 17 (XXXVI) (1980), 1982/21, 1984/35, decision 1993/112, resolution 1995/27
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Abdelwahab Bouhdiba Special Rapporteur on the exploitation of child labour (1980-1982)

Theme Violence against children
Mandating body UN. General Assembly
Mandate establishment 2001
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr Paulo Sergio Pinheiro Independent Expert for the United Nations study on violence against children (2001-2007)

 

Theme Child labour and debt bondage
Mandate requested by Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
Year requested 1994
Resolutions / decisions

Recommendation 3 in E/CN.4/Sub.2/1994/33

Requested mandate holder

 Ms. H.E. Warzazi as Special Rapporteur

Rejection Commission resolution 1995/27

Corruption

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2003 Sub-Commission Corruption and its impact on the full enjoyment of human rights, in particular economic, social and cultural rights Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme Corruption and its impact on the full enjoyment of human rights, in particular economic, social and cultural rights
Mandating body Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2003
Status Completed
Resolutions
Working paper E/CN.4/Sub.2/2003/18 (14 May 2003)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms. Christy Ezim Mbonu Special Rapporteur on corruption and its impact on the full enjoyment of human rights, in particular economic, social and cultural rights (2003-2008)

Crimes of sexual violence

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2004 Sub-Commission /
Human Rights Council
Difficulties of establishing guilt and/or responsibilities with regard to crimes of sexual violence Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme Difficulties of establishing guilt and/or responsibilities with regard to crimes of sexual violence
Mandating body

Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Human Rights Council

Mandate establishment 2004
Status Completed
Resolutions
Working papers E/CN.4/Sub.2/2003/WG.1/CRP.1, E/CN.4/Sub.2/2004/11 (7 July 2004)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms Lalaina Rakotoarisoa Special Rapporteur on the difficulties of establishing guilt and/or responsibilities with regard to crimes of sexual violence (2004-2006)

Working papers 

Criminalization, investigation and prosecution of acts of serious sexual violence

Sub-Commission decision 2003/108

Ms Françoise Hampson
E/CN.4/Sub.2/2004/12 (20 July 2004)

 

Death penalty

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1985 Sub-Commission Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Aiming at the Abolition of the Death Penalty Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Aiming at the Abolition of the Death Penalty
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1984
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Marc Bossuyt Special Rapporteur on a Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Aiming at the Abolition of the Death Penalty (1984-1988)

Report

General Assembly resolution 1396 (XIV) (1959)
ECOSOC resolution 747 (XXIX) (1960)

Mr. Marc Ancel

ST/SOA/SD/9  (Sales publication 62.IV.2) on capital punishment

 

Debt and structural adjustment policies

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1996 Commission  Effects of structural adjustment policies on economic, social and cultural rights Working Group Completed
1998 Commission Effects of foreign debt on the full enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights Special Rapporteur Completed
2000 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of states on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights Independent Expert Ongoing
2006 Sub-Commission Impact of debt on the enjoyment and exercise of human rights Special Rapporteur Not approved
Theme Effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of states on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2000
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Fantu Cheru Independent Expert on the effects of structural adjustment policies and foreign debt on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights (2000-2002) 

Mr. Bernards Andrews Nyamwaya Mudho Independent Expert on the effects of structural adjustment policies and foreign debt on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights (2002-2008)

Dr. Cephas Lumina Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of states on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights (2008-2014)

Mr. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of states on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights (2014-2020)

Mr. Yuefen Li Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of states on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights (from 2020)

  •  Reports
Theme Effects of structural adjustment policies on the full enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights 
Mandate establishment 1996
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Working Group (1996-1999)
Reports Reports
Theme Effects of foreign debt on the full enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1998
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Reinaldo Figueredo Special Rapporteur on the effects of foreign debt on the full enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights (1998-2000)

Theme Impact of debt on the enjoyment and exercise of human rights
Mandate requested by

Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

Year requested 2006
Resolutions / decisions Sub-Commission decisions 2003/109, 2004/106, 2006/111

Requested mandate holder

Mr. El-Hadji Guissé as Special Rapporteur

Documents

E/CN.4/Sub.2/2004/27 (1 July 2004)

Democracy, peace, capacity building

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1988 Sub-Commission Protection of staff members of the United Nations system Special Rapporteur Completed
1993 Sub-Commission Role of the United Nations in international humanitarian activities and assistance and human rights enforcement, bearing in mind the principle of non-interference Special Rapporteur Not approved
2005 Sub-Commission Accountability of armed forces, UN civilian police, international civil servants and experts taking part in peace operations Special Rapporteur Not approved
2005 Sub-Commission Technical cooperation and capacity building for the promotion and protection of human rights Special Rapporteur Not approved
Theme Protection of staff members of the United Nations system
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1988
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms Mary Concepción Bautista Special Rapporteur on the protection of staff members of the United Nations system (1988-1992)

 

Theme Role of the United Nations in international humanitarian activities and
assistance and human rights enforcement, bearing in mind the principle of non-interference
Mandate requested by Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Year requested 1993
Resolutions / decisions

Sub-Commission resolutions 1993/38, 1994/25, 1995/19 

Requested mandate holder

Ms Claire Palley as Special Rapporteur

Documents

Preparatory documents (1993-1994) by Ms Claire Palley 

Rejection Commission decisions 1995/107,  1996/106

Theme Recognition of gross and massive violations of human rights perpetrated on
the orders of Governments or sanctioned by them as an international crime
Mandate requested by

Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities

Year requested 1994
Resolutions / decisions

Sub-Commission decision 1992/109, resolutions 1993/30, 1994/28, 1995/22, decision 1996/116

Requested mandate holder

Special Rapporteur

Documents

Working papers (1993, 1997) by Mr. Stanislav Chernichenko 

Rejection Commission decisions 1994/103, 1995/111, 1996/105 , 1998/110

 

Theme Accountability of armed forces, UN civilian police, international civil servants and
experts taking part in peace operations
Requested by Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Year requested 2005
Resolutions / decisions

Sub-Commission decisions 2001/105, 2002/104, resolutions 2005/14, 2006/3

Requested mandate holder

Special Rapporteur

Documents

 

Theme Technical cooperation and capacity building for the promotion and protection of human rights
Mandate requested by Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Year requested 2005
Resolutions / decisions

Sub-Commission decision 2004/115, resolution 2005/25

Requested mandate holder

Mr. Gudmundur Alfredsson and Mr. Ibrahim Salama as Special Rapporteurs

Documents

Working paper E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/41 (24 June 2005)


 

Working papers

Interrelationship between human rights and international peace

Sub-Commission resolutions 1989/47, 1992/7

Mr. Murlidhar Bhandare

Working papers (1991, 1994)

 

Democracy and the establishment of a democratic society

Sub-Commission decisions 1995/116, 1996/117

Mr. Osman El-Hajjé

Working papers (1995-1997)

 

Working methods of the Sub-Commission

Sub-Commission decision 1996/114, resolution 1997/16, decision 1998/108 (Mr. Ribot Hatano)
Sub-Commission decision 2004/121, resolution 2005/32 (Mr. Emmanuel Decaux)

Mr. Ribot Hatano
Mr. Emmanuel Decaux

Working papers (1997-1999)  - Mr. Ribot Hatano
E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/5 (24 June 2005 - Mr. Emmanuel Decaux

 

Promotion and consolidation of democracy

Sub-Commission decisions 2000/116, 2001/114, 2002/116

Mr. Manuel Rodríguez-Cuadros

Working papers (2001-2002)

 

Working methods of the Sub-Commission under agenda item 2

Sub-Commission decision 2004/120

Ms Françoise Hampson

E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/4 (4 July 2005)

 

State sovereignty

Sub-Commission decisions 2005/105, 2006/106

Mr. Vladimir Kartashkin

E/CN.4/Sub.2/2006/7 (5 May 2006)

 

Detention, imprisonment

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1956 Commission

Right of everyone to be free from arbitrary arrest, detention and exile;

Right of arrested persons to communicate with those whom it is necessary for them to consult in order to ensure their defence or to protect their essential interests

Committee Completed
1976 Sub-Commission Body of principles for the protection of all persons under any form of detention or imprisonment Special Rapporteur Completed
1976 Sub-Commission Detention Working Group Completed
1977 Sub-Commission Revised draft body of principles for the protection of all persons under any form of detention or imprisonment Working Group Completed
1977 Sub-Commission Implications for human rights of recent developments concerning situations known as states of siege or emergency Special Rapporteur Completed
1982 Sub-Commission Habeas corpus and "anticipatory bail" as it exists in India and certain other countries Special Rapporteur Not approved
1985 Sub-Commission Human rights and states of emergency Special Rapporteur Completed
1989 Sub-Commission Application of international standards concerning the human rights of detained juveniles Special Rapporteur Completed
1991 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Arbitrary detention Working Group Ongoing
1997 Sub-Commission Privatization of prisons Special Rapporteur Not approved
Theme

Working Group on arbitrary detention

Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1991
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Working Group
Reports Reports (1992-)
Theme

The right of everyone to be free from arbitrary arrest, detention and exile ;

The right of arrested persons to communicate with those whom it is necessary for them to consult in order to ensure their defence or to protect their essential interests

Mandating body Commission on Human rights
Mandate establishment 1956
Status Completed

Resolutions 

  • Commission resolutions II (12th sess. 1956) [mandate], III (13th sess. 1957), 2 (XVII) (1961), 2 (XVIII) (1962), 2 (XIX) (1963), 23 (XXV) (1969) [mandate termination]
  • ECOSOC resolution 624 B (XXII) (1956)
  • Commission decision 12 (XXXI) (1975)
  • General Assembly resolution 3453 (XXX) (1975)
Mandate holder Four-member Committee (1956-1969)
Reports

Study on the right of everyone to be free from arbitrary arrest, detention and exile

  • E/CN.4/739 (16 Feb 1957)
  • E/CN.4/763 (17 Jan 1958)
  • E/CN.4/779 (27 Jan 1959) and Add. 1
  • E/CN.4/799 (5 Feb 1960)
  • ​E/CN.4/813 (9 Jan 1961) and Corr. 1
  • ​E/CN.4/826 (5 Jan 1962) and Corr. 1, 2
  • E/CN.4/826/Rev.1 (1964), Sales No. 65.XIV.2

Study on the right of arrested persons to communicate with those whom it is necessary for them to consult in order to ensure their defence or to protect their essential interests

Commission resolution 2 (XVII) (1961)

  • E/CN.4/836 (27 Dec 1962)
  • E/CN.4/871 (31 Dec 1963)
  • E/CN.4/881 (21 Jan 1965)
  • E/CN.4/899 (17 Jan 1966)
  • E/CN.4/924 (16 Jan 1967)
  • E/CN.4/969 (12 Feb 1968)
  • E/CN.4/996 (23 Jan 1969)
   
Theme Body of principles for the protection of all persons under any form of detention or imprisonment
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1976
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission decision 2 (XXIX) (1976) [mandate], resolution 8 (XXX) (1977) [mandate termination]
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Erik Nettel Special Rapporteur to formulate the draft of a body of principles for the protection of all persons under any form of detention or imprisonment (1976-1977)

 

  • Report:
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/395 (28 June 1977)
Theme Detention
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1976
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Working Group (1976-1993)
Reports
Theme Revised draft body of principles for the protection of all persons under any form of detention or imprisonment
Mandating body

Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities /
General Assembly

Mandate establishment 1977 [Sub-Commission]
1980 [General Assembly]
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolutions 8 (XXX) (1977) [mandate], 5C (XXXI) (1978)
  • General Assembly resolution 35/177 (1980) [General Assembly, 6th Committee mandate]
  • Other resolutions and decisions
Mandate holder Working Group (1977-1988)
Reports
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/406 (29 Aug. 1978)
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/1296
  • Reports
  • "Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment" Adopted by General Assembly resolution 43/173 of 9 Dec. 1988
Theme Implications for human rights of recent developments concerning situations known as states of siege or emergency
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1977
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolutions 10 (XXX) (1977) [mandate], 5 D (XXXI) (1978),  1982/32 [mandate temrination]
  • Commission resolutions 17 (XXXV) (1979), 1983/18
  • ECOSOC resolution 1979/34
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mrs. Nicole Questiaux Special Rapporteur on states of siege or emergency (1977-1982)

  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/399 (Mrs. Questiaux and Mr. Caicedo Perdomo)
  • Reports
Theme Human rights and states of emergency
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1985
Status Completed
Resolutions
Expalanatory paper E/CN.4/Sub.2/1985/19 (17 June 1985)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Leandro Despouy Special Rapporteur on human rights and states of emergency (1985-1997)

Theme Application of international standards concerning the human rights of detained juveniles 
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1989
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms Mary Concepción Bautista Special Rapporteur on application of international standards concerning the human rights of detained juveniles  (1989-1992)

 

Theme Habeas corpus and "anticipatory bail" as it exists in India and
certain other countries
Mandate requested by

Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities

Year requested 1982
Resolutions / decisions

Sub-Commission resolution 1982/10

Theme Privatization of prisons
Mandate requested by

Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities

Year requested 1997
Resolutions / decisions

Sub-Commission decisions 1989/110, 1992/107, 1993/109, 1997/26

Requested mandate holder

Mr. Ali Khan as Special Rapporteur

Documents

Working paper by Mr. Miguel Alfonso Martínez

  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/1991/56 (13 Aug. 1991)

Outline prepared by Ms. Claire Palley

Rejection Commission decision 1993/108, resolution 1998/32 

Working papers

Practice of administrative detention without charge or trial

Sub-Commission decision 1985/110, resolution 1987/24, decisions 1988/110, 1989/111, resolution 1990/22

Commission resolutions 1985/16, decision 1990/107, resolutions 1989/38, 1991/42, 1994/32, 1995/59, 1996/28

Mr. Louis Joinet

Working papers (1987-1988)

Working paper: E/CN.4/Sub.2/1985/WG.1/WP.5

 

 

Development

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1981 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Right to development Working Group Ongoing
1998 Commission Right to development Independent Expert Completed
2016 Human Rights Council Right to development Special Rapporteur Ongoing
Theme

Right to development

Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1981
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Working Group
Reports E/CN.4/ reports and  A/HRC/ reports (2007-), also E/CN.4/AC.34/WP.20/Rev.1 (1982)
Theme

Right to development

Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2016
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Saad Alfarargi Special Rapporteur on the right to development (from 2017)

 

Theme Right to development
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1998
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Arjun K. Sengupta Independent Expert on the right to development (1998-2004)

Working papers

Concept on the right to development

Sub-Commission decisions 2003/116, 2004/104, resolution 2005/17, decision 2006/108

Ms Florizelle O'Connor

E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/23 (24 June 2005)

The complete  document was not submitted due to the uncertainty of the transitional period from the Commission on Human Rights to the Human Rights Council

 

Disabilities

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1984 Sub-Commission Casual connection between violation of human rights and disability Special Rapporteur Completed
2016 Human Rights Council Rights of persons with disabilities Special Rapporteur Ongoing
Theme Rights of persons with disabilities
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2016
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities (from 2014)

Theme Casual connection between violation of human rights and disability
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1984
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Leandro Despouy Special Rapporteur on the causal connection between violation of human rights and disability (1984-1991)

Disappearances

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1980 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Enforced or involuntary disappearances Working Group Ongoing
2001 Commission Enforced or involuntary disappearances Independent Expert Completed
Theme Enforced or involuntary disappearances
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1980
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Working Group
Reports Reports (1981-)

 

Theme Enforced or involuntary disappearances
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2001
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Commission resolution 2001/46
  • No resolution terminating the mandate
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Manfred Nowak Independent Expert to examine the existing international criminal and human rights framework for the protection of persons from enforced or involuntary disappearance (2001-2002)

Discrimination, racial

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1966 Sub-Commission Racial discrimination in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres Special Rapporteur Completed
1972 Sub-Commission Policies and practices of discrimination on the basis of colour faced by people of African origin in all countries Special Rapporteur Not aprroved
1976 Sub-Commission Action to be undertaken by the Sub-Commission relating to the Programme for the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination Working Group Completed
1984 Sub-Commission First decade to combat racism and racial discrimination Special Rapporteur Completed
1993 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia and related intolerance Special Rapporteur Ongoing
2002 Commission /
Human Rights Council
People of African Descent Working Group Ongoing
Theme Contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia and related intolerance 
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1993
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Maurice Glele-Ahanhanzo Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia and related intolerance (1993-2002)

 

Mr. J. Oloka-Onyango

 

Mr. Doudou Diene Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia and related intolerance (2002-2008)

Mr. Githu Muigai Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia and related intolerance (2008-2011)

Mr. Mutuma Ruteere Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia and related intolerance (2011-2017)

Ms. E. Tendayi Achiume Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia and related intolerance (from 2017)

Theme People of African Descent
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2002
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Working Group
Reports Reports (2003-)

 

Theme Racial discrimination in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1966
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolutions 6 (XVII) (1965), 8 (XVIII) (1966) [mandate], 3 (XIX) (1967), 1 (XX) (1967), 6 (XXI) (1968), 2 (XXII) (1969),  2 (XXIII) (1970), 4 (XXIII) (1970), 5 (XXIII) (1970), 7 (XXV) (1972) [updating the study], 4 (XXIX) (1976) [mandate termination]
  • ECOSOC resolution 1697 (LII) (1972)
  • Commission resolutions 5 (XXII) (1966), 12 (XXIII) (1967), 10 (XXIV) (1968),  2 (XXVII) (1971), 6 (XXIX) (1973)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

 Mr. Hernan Santa Cruz Special Rapporteur on racial discrimination in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres (1966-1976)

  • Reports:
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/267 (17 Nov 1966)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/276 (24 July 1967)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/288 (25 July 1968)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/301 (22 June 1969)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/307 (22 July 1970) and Corr. 1 and 2, Add.1, Add.1/Corr.1, Add.2, Add.2/Corr.1, Add.3, Add.4, Add.4/Corr.1 and 2, Add.5, Add.5/Corr.1-4 and Add.6 [final report]
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/307/Rev.1 (1971), Sales No. 71.XIV.2
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/370 (16 July 1976) and Add.1-6 and Add.6/Corr.1 [updated study]
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/370/Rev.1 (1977), Sales No. 76.XIV.2
Theme Working Group to examine the action to be undertaken by the Sub-Commission relating to the Programme for the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1976
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission decision 3 (XXIX) (1976)
Mandate holder Working Group (1976-1979)
Reports Reports:
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/(XXX)/CRP.2 (23 Aug 1977)
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/424 (17 Aug 1979)
Theme First decade to combat racism and racial discrimination
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1984
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolution 1983/10 [mandate], decision 1985/102, resolution 1990/2 [mandate termination]
  • Commission resolutions 1984/8, 1984/9, 1988/15,
  • ECOSOC resolution 1984/24
  • Other resolutions and decisions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Abjorn Eide Special Rapporteur on achievements made and obstacles encountered during the first decade to combat racism and racial discrimination (1984-1990)

Theme Policies and practices of discrimination on the basis of colour faced by people of African origin in all countries
Mandate requested by Commission on Human Rights
Year requested 1972
Resolutions / decisions

Commission resolution 2(XXVIII) (1972)

Requested mandate holder

Special Rapporteur

Rejection ECOSOC resolution 1697(LII) (1972) [requested the Sub-Commission to update the study entitled "Racial Discrimination" with special emphasis on discrimination based on colour]
Documents

Reports by  Mr. Hernan Santa Cruz Special Rapporteur on racial discrimination in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres

  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/370 (16 July 1976) and Add.1-6 and Add.6/Corr.1 [updated study]
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/370/Rev.1 (1977), Sales No. 76.XIV.2

 

Working papers

Violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including policies of racial discrimination and segregation and of apartheid

Commission resolution 8 (XXIII) (1967)

Mr. Stanislav Chernichenko

Working papers (1989-1992)

 

 

Article 7 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

Sub-Commission decision 1996/120

Mr. José Bengoa, Mr. Mustafa Mehedi, Mr. Ivan Garvalov and Mrs Shanti Sadiq Ali

E/CN.4/Sub.2/1998/4 (10 June 1998)

 

 

Impact of intolerance on the enjoyment and the exercise of human rights

Sub-Commission decision 2004/108

Mr. Soli Jehangir Sorabjee

No working paper was submitted

E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/31 (7June 2005) - Informs that Soli Sorabjee will not be able to submit the working paper he was requested to prepare pursuant to Sub-Commission decision 2004/108

 

 

 

Discrimination, work and descent

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2004 Sub-Commission Discrimination based on work and descent Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme

Discrimination based on work and descent

Mandating body Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2004
Status Completed
Resolutions
Working papers

Mr. Rajendra Kalidas Wimala Goonesekere

Mr. Asbjorn Eide and Mr. Yozo Yokota

Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Yozo Yokota and Ms Chin-Sung Chung Special Rapporteurs on the issue of discrimination based on work and descent (2004-2006)

Economic, social and cultural rights

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1969 Commission Realization of economic, social and cultural rights set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Special Rapporteur Completed
1988 Sub-Commission Problems, policies and progressive measures relating to a more effective realization of economic, social and cultural rights Special Rapporteur Completed
2001 Commission Draft optional protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Independent Expert Completed
2004 Sub-Commission Non-discrimination as enshrined in article 2, paragraph 2, of the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Special Rapporteur Completed
2009 Human Rights Council Cultural rights Independent Expert / Special Rapporteur Ongoing
Theme Cultural rights
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2009
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert / Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms. Farida Shaheed Independent Expert / Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights (2009-2015)

Ms. Karima Bennoune Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights (from 2015)

Theme Realization of economic, social and cultural rights set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1969
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Commission resolutions 14 (XXV) (1969) [mandate], 11 (XXVI) (1970), 17 (XXVII) (1971), 5 (XXVIII) (1972), 14 (XIX) (1973), 6 (XXX) (1974) [mandate termination]
  • ECOSOC resolutions 1421 (XLVI) (1969), 1502 (XLVIII) (1970), 1689 (LII) (1972)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Manouchehr Ganji Special Rapporteur on realization of economic, social and cultural rights set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1969-1974)

  • Preliminary study E/CN.4/988 and Add.1
  • Reports
Theme Problems, policies and progressive measures relating to a more effective realization of economic, social and cultural rights
Mandating body Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1988
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Danilo Turk Special Rapporteur on problems, policies and progressive measures relating to a more effective realization of economic, social and cultural rights (1988-1992)

Theme Draft optional protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2001
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Hatem Kotrane Independent Expert on the question of a draft optional protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2001-2003)

Theme Non-discrimination as enshrined in article 2, paragraph 2, of the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Mandating body Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2004
Status Completed
Resolutions
Working paper

Mr. Emmanuel Decaux

Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Marc J. Bossuyt Special Rapporteur on non-discrimination as enshrined in Article 2, Paragraph 2, of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2004-2005)

Report E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/19 (16 June 2005)
Working papers

Adverse consequences of economic sanctions on the enjoyment of human rights

Sub-Commission decision 1999/111

Mr. Marc Bossuyt

E/CN.4/Sub.2/2000/33 (21 June 2000)

 

 

Bilateral and multilateral economic agreements and their impact on the human rights of the beneficiaries

Sub-Commission resolution 2005/6

Ms Chin-sung Chung and Ms Florizelle O'Connor

A/HRC/Sub.1/58/CRP.8 (7 Aug 2006)

 

 

 

 

Education

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1952 Sub-Commission Discrimination in the field of education Special Rapporteur Completed
1998 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Right to education Special Rapporteur Ongoing

In 1954 the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities requested UNESCO to conduct a study on discrimination in the field of education.

Right to education

 

Mandating bodies Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1998
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions

Mandate holder

Special Rapporteur

Working papers

Mr. Mustapha Mehedi

Reports

Ms. Katarina Tomasevski Special Rapporteur on the right to education (1998-2004)

Background paper E/C.12/1998/18 (7 Oct. 1998)

Mr. Vernor Munoz Villalobos Special Rapporteur on the right to education (2004-2010)

Mr. Kishore Singh Special Rapporteur on the right to education (2010-2016)

Ms Boly Barry Koumbou Special Rapporteur on the right to education (from 2016)

  

Theme Discrimination in the field of education
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1952
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolutions A  (5th sess., 1952) [mandate], B and G (6th sess. 1954), A (7th sess. 1955), B (8th sess. 1956), A [mandate termination], B and C (9th sess. 1957)
  • ECOSOC resolution 502 H (XVI) (1953)
  • Commission resolutions H (9th sess. 1953), III (10th sess. 1954), IX  (12th sess. 1956), VII (13th session, 1957)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. M.R. Masani Special Rapporteur on discrimination in the field of education 

  • Report (1953):
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/155

Mr. Charles D. Ammoun Special Rapporteur on discrimination in the field of education (1952-1957)

Reports:
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/163
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.92 and Add.1-28
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/181 and Corr.1 [final report]
Theme Discrimination in the field of education (UNESCO study)
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1954
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolutions I (6th sess. 1954) [mandate], B and C (9th sess. 1957), E (11th sess. 1959), 7 (XII) 1960, 3 (XIII) 19615 (XV) 1963, 5 (XVII) 19654 (XVII) 1966, 6 (XIX) 1967
  • ECOSOC resolution 545 E (XVIII) (1954)
  • Commission resolutions IX  (10th sess. 1954), 2 (XIV) (1958), 6 (XIV) (1959), 9 (XVI) (1960), 4 (XVII) (1961)
Mandate holder UNESCO
Reports

Reports and memoranda:

  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/197
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/201
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/210 [UNESCO General Conference adopted Convention and Recommendation Against Discrimination in Education]
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/228
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/247
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/257
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/271

 

Employment and occupation

in 1954 the Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities requested the International Labour Organization (ILO) to conduct a study on discrimination in employment and occupation.

Theme Discrimination in employment and occupation (ILO study)
Mandating body Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1954
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolutions C (6th sess. 1954) [mandate], C (7th sess. 1955), A (8th sess. 1956), D (9th sess. 1957), A (10th sess. 1958), A (11th sess. 1959), 5 (XV) 1963, 5 (XVII) 1965, 4 (XVII) 1966, 6 (XIX) 1967
  • Commission resolutions VII (10th sess. 1954), IX (12th session, 1956), IV (13th sess. 1957), 4 (XIV) (1958), 7 (XV) (1959)
  • ECOSOC resolution 545 C (XVIII) (1954)
Mandate holder ILO
Reports ILO reports and memoranda:
  • ILO Reports VII (1) and VIII (1) [prepared for the 40th session of the International Labour Conference]
  • ILO Report IV (1) [prepared for the 42nd session of the International Labour Conference ]
  • Text of the Convention and Recommendation Concerning Discrimination in Respect of Employment and Occupation, adopted at 42nd session of the International Labour Conference (in E/CN.4/778-E/CN.4/Sub.2/198, Annex II)
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/224
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/245
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/256
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/272

Environment

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1991 Sub-Commission Human rights and environment Special Rapporteur Completed
1995 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes Special Rapporteur Ongoing
2012 Commission /
Human Rights Counci

Human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment /

Human rights and environment

Independent Expert /

Special Rapporteur

Ongoing
Theme

Implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes 

Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1995
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mrs. Fatma-Zohra Ouhachi-Vesely (Ksentini) Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights (1992-2004)

Mr. Okechukwu Ibeanu Special Rapporteur on the Adverse Effects of the Movement and Dumping of Toxic and Dangerous Products and Wastes on the Enjoyment of Human Rights (2004-2010)

Mr. Calin Georgescu Special Rapporteur on the human rights obligations related to environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and waste (2010-2012)

Mr. Marc Pallemaerts Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes (2012-2014)

Mr. Baskut Tuncak Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes (from 2014)

  • Reports (Reports in the list from 2014-)
Theme

Human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment /

Human rights and environment

Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2012
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert / Special Raporteur
Reports

Mr. John Knox Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment / from 2015 - Special Rapporteur on human rights and environment (2012-2018)

Mr. David R. Boyd Special Rapporteur on human rights and environment (from 2018)

 

Theme Human rights and environment
Mandating body Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1991
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mrs. Fatma Zohra Ksentini Special Rapporteur on human rights and environment  (1991-1994)   

  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/1990/12 [note]
  • Reports

Extrajudicial executions

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1982 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Special Rapporteur Ongoing
Theme Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1982
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
  • ECOSOC resolution 1982/35 [mandate: summary or arbitrary executions]
  • Commission resolution 1992/72 [mandate: extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions]
  • Other resolutions and decisions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. S. Amos Wako Special Rapporteur on summary or arbitrary executions (1982-1992)

Mr. Bacre Waly Ndiaye Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (1992-198)

  • Reports 
  • Also: Joint reports on Nigeria by Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions and Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

Ms. Asma Jahangir Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (1998-2004)

Mr. Philip Alston Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions  (2004-2010)

Mr. Christof Heyns Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (2010-2016)

Ms Agnes Callamard Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions (from 2016)

Fair trial

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1990 Sub-Commission Right to a fair trial Special Rapporteur Completed

 

 
Theme Right to a fair trial
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1990
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Stanislav Chernichenko and Mr. William Treat  Special Rapporteurs on the right to a fair trial  (1990-1995)

Food

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1982 Sub-Commission Right to adequate food as a human right Special Rapporteur Completed
2000 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Right to food Special Rapporteur Ongoing
Theme Right to food
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2000
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports Mr. Jean Ziegler Special Rapporteur on the right to food  (2000-2008)

Mr. Olivier De Schutter Special Rapporteur on the right to food (2008-2014)

Ms. Hilal Elver Special Rapporteur on the right to food (2014-2020)

Mr. Michael Fakhri Special Rapporteur on the right to food (from 2020)

  • Reports
Theme Right to adequate food as a human right
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1982
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolutions 1982/7 [mandate], 1983/29, 1984/15, 1987/27, decisions 1997/108 [requests Mr. Eide to update his 1987 study], 1998/106, resolution 1999/12 [mandate termination]
  • Commission resolutions 1983/16, 1988/22, 1988/29, 2000/10
  • ECOSOC decision 1983/140
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Asbjorn Eide Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate food as a human right (1982-1999)

Freedom of information

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1952 ECOSOC Freedom of information Rapporteur Completed
1957 Commission Freedom of information Committee Completed
1967 Sub-Commission Periodic reports on human rights and on freedom of information Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme Freedom of information
Mandating body Economic and Social Council
Mandate establishment 1952
Status Completed
Resolutions ECOSOC resolutions 442 (XIV) C (1952) [mandate], 473 (XV), (1953), 522 (XVII) A (1954) [mandate termination]
Mandate holder Rapporteur
Reports

Salvador P. López Rapporteur on matters relating to freedom of information (1952-1954)

  • Reports:
    • E/2345 (9 Dec 1952) and Add.1 (2 Apr 1953)
    • E/2426 (6 May 1953) and Add.1 (1 February 1954), Add.2 (12 February 1954), Add.3 (9 April 1954), Add.4 (14 April 1954), Add.5 (24 May 1954)
Theme Freedom of information
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1957
Status Completed
Resolutions Commission resolutions IX (13th sess. 1957) [mandate], 6 (XIV) (1958), 1 (XIV) (1959), 2 (XIV) (1959) [mandate termination]
Mandate holder Committee on Freedom of Information (1957-1959)
Reports E/CN.4/762  and Corr.1 (15 Jan. 1958)
Theme Periodic reports on human rights and on freedom of information
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1967
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolution (E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.430) adopted at the 484th meeting (19th sess. 1967) [mandate], resolution 4 (XIX) (1967) [mandate termination]
  • ECOSOC resolution 1074 C (XXXIX) (1965)
  • Commission resolutions 11 (XXII) (1966),
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Zeev W. Zeltner Special Rapporteur for the periodic reports received under ECOSOC resolution 1074 C (XXXIV) (1967)

  • Report E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.458
Theme

Protection of journalists

Sub-Commission resolution 1989/2

Mr. Waleed M. Sadi

Report E/CN.4/Sub.2/1990/17 (6 July 1990)

Freedom of movement

 

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1960 Sub-Commission Discrimination in respect of the right of everyone to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country Special Rapporteur

Completed

1982 Sub-Commission Analysis of the current trends and developments regarding the right to leave any country including one's own, and to return to one's own country, and some other rights or considerations arising therefrom Special Rapporteur Completed
1997 Sub-Commission Freedom of movement Special Rapporteur Not approved
Theme

Discrimination in respect of the right of everyone to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country 

Mandating body Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1960
Status Completed
Resolutions

Sub-Commission resolutions D (7th sess., 1955), E, (10th sess., 1958), D (11th sess., 1959), 5 (XII) 1960 [mandate], 2 (XIII) 1961, 3 (XIV) 1962, 2 (XV) 1963 [termination of mandate]

Working papers

Mr. José D. Ingles 

  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.167
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.146
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.157
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. José D. Ingles Special Rapporteurs on discrimination in respect of the right of everyone to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country (1960-1963)

 

 

Theme

Analysis of the current trends and developments regarding the right to leave any country including one's own, and to return to one's own country, and some other rights or considerations arising therefrom

Mandating body Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1982
Status Completed
Resolutions

Sub-Commission resolutions 1982/23 [mandate], 1984/21, 1985/29, decision 1987/105, resolutions 1988/39,1989/25 [mandate termination]

Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Chama L.C Mubanga-Chipoya  Special Rapporteur on analysis of current trends and developments in respect of the right of everyone to leave any country including his own and to return to his country (1982-1989)

 

 

Theme Freedom of movement
Mandate requested by Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Year requested 1997
Resolutions / decisions Sub-Commission decision 1996/109, resolution 1997/30
Requested mandate holder

Mr. Volodymyr Boutkevitch as Special Rapporteur

Rejection Commission decision 1998/105
Working paper E/CN.4/Sub.2/1997/22 (22 July 1997)

Freedom of opinion and expression

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1990 Sub-Commission Freedom of opinion and expression Special Rapporteur Completed
1993 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Special Rapporteur Ongoing
Theme Promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1993
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr Abid Hussain Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (1993-2002)

Mr. Ambeyi Ligabo Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (2002-2008)

Mr. Frank La Rue Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (2008-2014)

Mr. David Kaye Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (from 2014)

 

 

Theme Freedom of opinion and expression
Mandating body Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1990
Status Completed
Resolutions
Working paper Mr. Danilo Türk - E/CN.4/Sub.2/1989/26 (22 June 1989)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Louis Joinet and Mr. Danilo Türk Special Rapporteurs on the right to freedom of opinion and expression  (1990-1992)

 

Freedom of peaceful assembly and association

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2010 Human Rights Council Freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Special Rapporteur Ongoing
Theme Freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2010
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Maina Kiai Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (2011-2017)

Ms. Annalisa Ciampi Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (1 May - 30 Nov 2017)

Mr.  Clément Nyaletsossi Voule  Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (from 2018)

Genocide

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1971 Sub-Commission Prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide Special Rapporteur Completed
1983 Sub-Commission Revision of the study on prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme Prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1971
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolutions 8 (XX) (1967), 8 (XXI) (1968), 7 (XXIV) (1971) [mandate], 4 (XXV) (1972), 4 (XXVI) (1973), decision 4 (XXXI) (1978) [mandate termination]
  • Commission resolution 14 (XXV) (1969), decision 9 (XXXV) (1979)
  • ECOSOC resolution 1420 (XLVI) (1969)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Nicodème Ruhashyankiko Special Rapporteur on prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide (1971-1978)

Theme Revision of the study on prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1982
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Benjamin Whitaker Special Rapporteur on prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide (1982-1985)

Globalization

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1999 Sub-Commission Globalization and its impact on the full enjoyment of all human rights Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme Globalization and its impact on the full enjoyment of all human rights
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities / Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1999
Status Completed
Resolutions
Working paper E/CN.4/Sub.2/1999/11 (17 June 1999)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports Mr. Joseph Oloka-Onyango and Ms. Deepika Udagama Special Rapporteurs on the issue of globalization and its impact on the full enjoyment of all human rights

Health

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1980 Sub-Commission Guidelines and principles for the protection of persons detained on the grounds of mental ill-health or suffering from mental disorder Special Rapporteur Completed
1981 Sub-Commission / Commission Question of persons detained on the grounds of mental ill-health or suffering from mental disorder Working Group Completed
1990 Sub-Commission Discrimination against HIV-infected people or people with AIDS Special Rapporteur Completed
2002 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health Special Rapporteur Ongoing
2017 Human Rights Council Elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members Special Rapporteur Ongoing
Theme Right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
Mandating body

Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council

Mandate establishment 2002
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Paul Hunt Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (2002-2008)

Mr. Anand Grover Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (2008-2014)

Mr. Dainius Pūras Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (from 2014)

 

Theme

Elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2017
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Working papers by Mr. Yozo Yokota
  • E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/WP.1 (14 July 2005)
  • A/HRC/Sub.1/58/CRP.7 (2 Aug 2006)

by Mr. Shigeki Sakamoto

A/HRC/AC/2/CRP.5 (26 Jan 2009)

Reports

Ms. Alice Cruz Special Rapporteur on elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members (from 2017)

 

Theme Guidelines and principles for the protection of persons detained on the grounds of mental ill-health or suffering from mental disorder 
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1980
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mrs. Erica-Irene Daes Special Rapporteur on the guidelines and principles for the protection of persons detained on the grounds of mental ill-health or suffering from mental disorder (1980-1984)

Theme Working Group on the question of persons detained on the grounds of mental ill-health or suffering from mental disorder
Mandating body

Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Commission on Human Rights

Mandate establishment 1981
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Working Group (1981-1988)
Reports Reports
Theme Discrimination against HIV-infected people or people with AIDS
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1990
Status Completed
Resolutions
Concise note E/CN.4/Sub.2/1989/5 (14 July 1989)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Luis Varela Quirós Special Rapporteur on problems and causes of discrimination against HIV-infected people or people with AIDS (1990-1993)

 

Working papers

Human rights in the context of HIV/AIDS

Sub-Commission decision 1999/112

Mr. Alberto Diaz Uribe

No working paper was submitted due to the death of Mr Alberto Diaz Uribe

 

Housing / Property

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1991 Commission The right of everyone to own property alone as well as in association with others Independent Expert Completed
1992 Sub-Commission Right to adequate housing Special Rapporteur Completed
2000 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context Special Rapporteur Ongoing
2002 Sub-Commission Housing and property restitution in the context of the return of refugees and internally displaced persons Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme

Adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context

Mandating body

Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council

Mandate establishment 2000
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Miloon Kothari Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living (2000-2008)

 Ms. Raquel Rolnik Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context (2008-2014)

Ms. Leilani Farha Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context (2014-2020)

Ms. Balakrishnan Rajagopal Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context (from 2020)

  • Reports
Theme The right of everyone to own property alone as well as in association with others
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1991
Status Completed
Resolutions

Commission resolutions 1991/19 [mandate], 1994/13 [mandate termination]

Other resolutions and decisions

Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Luis Valencia Rodríguez Independent Expert on the right of everyone to own property alone as well as in association with others (1991-1994)

Theme Right to adequate housing
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1992
Status Completed
Resolutions
Working paper E/CN.4/Sub.2/1992/15 (12 June 1992)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Rajindar Sachar Special Rapporteur on promoting the realization of the right to adequate housing (1992-1995)

Theme Housing and property restitution in the context of the return of refugees and internally displaced persons
Mandating body Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2002
Status Completed
Resolutions

 

Working paper E/CN.4/Sub.2/2002/17 (12 June 2002)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro Special Rapporteur on housing and property restitution in the context of the return of refugees and internally displaced persons (2002-2005)

Human rights defenders / Non-state actors

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2000 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Human rights defenders Special Representative /
Special Rapporteur
Ongoing
Theme Human rights defenders
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2000 [Special Representative], 2008 [Special Rapporteur]
Status ONGOING [Special Rapporteur], OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Representative
Reports

Ms. Hina Jilani Special Representative of the Secretary-General on human rights defenders (2000-2008)

  In 2008,  the Human Rights Council extended the mandate of the Special Representative as a Special Rapporteur (resolution 7/8)
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms. Margaret Sekaggya Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (2008-2014)

Mr. Michel Forst Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (2014-2020)

Ms. Mary Lawlor Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (from 2020)

  • Reports
Working papers

Non-state actors
 

Sub-Commission decisions 2004/114, 2005/112

Mr. Gáspár Bíró, Ms Iulia Antoanella Motoc, Mr David Rivkin and Mr. Ibrahima Salama

E/CN.4/Sub.2/2005/40 (11 July 2005)

Expanded working paper requested by decision 2005/112 was not submitted due to the
uncertainty of the transitional period from the Commission on Human Rights to the Human Rights
Council

Human rights instruments / Human rights treaty system

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1979 Sub-Commission Encouragement of universal acceptance of human rights instruments Working Group Completed
1989 Commission Enhancing the long-term effectiveness of the United Nations Human Rights Treaty System Independent Expert Completed
1999 Sub-Commission Reservations to human rights treaties Special Rapporteur Not approved
2003 Commission Universal implementation of international human rights treaties Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme Working Group on the encouragement of universal acceptance of human rights instruments
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1979
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Working Group (1979-1985)
Reports Reports
Theme Enhancing the long-term effectiveness of the United Nations Human Rights Treaty System
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1989
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Philip Alston Independent Expert on enhancing the long-term effectiveness of the United Nations Human Rights Treaty System (1989-1997)

Theme Universal implementation of international human rights treaties
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2003
Status Completed
Resolutions
Working paper

Working papers by Vladimir Kartashkin

E/CN.4/Sub.2/2003/37 (30 June 2003) by Emmaneul Decaux

Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Emmanuel Decaux Special Rapporteur on the Universal Implementation of International Human Rights Treaties (2003-2006) 

Theme Reservations to human rights treaties
Mandate requested by

Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

Year requested 1999
Resolutions / decisions

Sub-Commission decision 1998/113, resolutions 1999/27, 2000/26, 2001/17, decisions 2002/110, 2003/114, 2004/110

Requested mandate holder

Special Rapporteur

Documents

by Ms. Françoise Jane Hampson:

 

Rejection Commission decisions 2000/108, 2001/113

Impunity

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1992 Sub-Commission Impunity of perpetrators of violations of human rights  Special Rapporteurs Completed
2004 Commission Updating the Set of Principles for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights through Action to Combat Impunity Independent Expert Completed
Theme Impunity of perpetrators of violations of human rights
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1992
Status Completed
Working paper E/CN.4/Sub.2/1992/18 (12 Aug. 1992) by Mr. El Hadji Guissé and Mr. Louis Joinet
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolutions 1992/23 [mandate]; 1994/34 [spliting of the mandate into two parts]; 1997/20 [mandate termination (economic, social and cultural rights)], 1997/28 [mandate termination (civil and political rights)]
  • Other resolutions and decisions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Guissé and Mr. Joinet  Special Rapporteurs on the impunity of perpetrators of violations of human rights (1992-1997)

Study was split in two (Sub-Commission resolution 1994/34) - Mr. Louis Joinet  Special Rapporteur on the Impunity of Perpetrators of Violations of Human Rights (Civil and Political Rights) and Mr. El Hadji Guissé Special Rapporteur on the Impunity of Perpetrators of Violations of Human Rights (Economic, Social and Cultural Rights)

Mr. Louis Joinet  Special Rapporteur on the Impunity of Perpetrators of Violations of Human Rights (Civil and Political Rights) (1992-1997)

Mr. El Hadji Guissé Special Rapporteur on the Impunity of Perpetrators of Violations of Human Rights (Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) (1992-1997)

Theme Independent Expert to update the Set of Principles for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights through Action to Combat Impunity
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2004
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Ms Diane Orentlicher Independent Expert to update the Set of Principles for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights through Action to Combat Impunity (2004-2005)

Indigenous peoples

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1971 Sub-Commission Discrimination against indigenous populations Special Rapporteur Completed
1982 Sub-Commission Indigenous populations Working Group Completed
1987 Sub-Commission Treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between the States and indigenous populations Special Rapporteur Completed
1991 Sub-Commission Protection of the cultural and intellectual property of indigenous peoples Special Rapporteur Completed
1994 Sub-Commission Protection of the heritage of indigenous peoples Special Rapporteur    Completed
1996 Sub-Commission Indigenous peoples and their relationship to land Special Rapporteur   Completed
2001 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Rights of indigenous peoples Special Rapporteur Ongoing
2002 Sub-Commission Indigenous peoples’ permanent sovereignty over natural resources Special Rapporteur Completed
2005 Sub-Commission Legal implications of the disappearance of States and other territories for environmental reasons, including the implications for the human rights of their residents, with particular reference to the rights of indigenous peoples Special Rapporteur Not approved
Theme Rights of indigenous peoples
Mandating body

Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council

Mandate establishment 2001
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Rodolfo Stavenhagen Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people (2001-2008)

Mr. James Anaya Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people. The title of the special procedure was changed to the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples (2008- 2014)

Ms. Victoria Tauli Corpuz Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples (2014-2020)

Mr. José Francisco Calí Tzay Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples (from 2020)

  • Reports

 

Theme

Discrimination against indigenous populations

Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1971
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolutions 8 (XXIV) (1971) [mandate], 5 (XXV) (1972), 1 (XXVI) (1973), 6 (XXVII) (1974),  decision 4 (XXXII) (1979), resolution 5 (XXXIII) (1980), 3 (XXXIV) (1981), 1982/29, 1983/33, 1984/35 [mandate termination]
  • Commission resolutions 4 (XXVII) (1971), 1982/19, decision 1985/103
  • ECOSOC resolution 1589 (L) (1971)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. José R. Martínez Cobo Special Rapporteur on the problem of discrimination against indigenous populations (1971-1984)

  • Reports:
    • E/CN.2/Sub.2/L.566 (29 June 1972)
    • E/CN.2/Sub.2/L.584 (25 June 1973)
    • E/CN.2/Sub.2/L.596 (19 June 1974)
    • E/CN.2/Sub.2/476 (30 July 1981) and Add.1-6
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/1982/2 (10 Aug 1982) and Add.1-7
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/1983/21 (5 Aug 1983) and Add.1-8
Theme Working Group on Indigenous Populations
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities / Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1981
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Working Group (1981-2006)
Reports Reports
Theme Treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between the States and indigenous populations
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1987
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Miguel Alfonso Martínez Special Rapporteur on treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States and indigenous populations (1987-1999)

Theme Protection of the cultural and intellectual property of indigenous peoples
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities / Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1991
Status Completed
Working paper E/CN.4/Sub.2/1991/34 (3 July 1991)
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms Erica-Irene A. Daes Special Rapporteur on protection of the cultural and intellectual property of indigenous peoples (1991-1993)

Theme Protection of the heritage of indigenous peoples
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1994
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mrs Erica-Irene Daes Special Rapporteur on protection of the heritage of the indigenous people (1994-2000)   

  •  Reports    
    •   E/CN.4/Sub.2/1996/22 was also published as UNST/HR(05)/H852, No. 10 (Sales No. 97.XIV.3)
Theme Indigenous peoples and their relationship to land
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities / Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1996
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms Erica-Irene A. Daes Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples and their relationship to land (1996-2001)

Theme Indigenous peoples’ permanent sovereignty over natural resources
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2002
Status Completed
Working paper

E/CN.4/Sub.2/2002/23 (30 July 2002)

 

Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms. Erica-Irene Daes Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples’ permanent sovereignty over natural resources (2002-2004)

Theme Legal implications of the disappearance of States and other
territories for environmental reasons, including the implications for the
human rights of their residents, with particular reference to the rights of indigenous peoples
Mandate requested by Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Year requested 2005
Resolutions / decisions

Resolutions/decisions

Requested mandate holder

Ms Françoise Hampson as Special Rapporteur

Documents Working papers (2004-2006)

 

Working papers

Relocation of Hopi and Navajo families

Sub-Commission decisions 1987/110 and 1988/105, resolution 1989/37

Mrs Erica-Irene A. Daes and Mr John Carey

Reports (1989)

 

The International Year for Indigenous Rights

Sub-Commission resolutions 1989/36, 1990/29, 1992/34

Mr. Asbjorn Eide and Ms Christy Ezim Mbonu

Working papers (1990-1991)

 

The rights of persons belonging to minorities and those of indigenous peoples

Sub-Commission resolution 1999/23

Ms Erika-Irene Daes and Mr. Asbjorn Eide

Working paper  E/CN.4/Sub.2/2000/10 (19 July 2000)

 

Guidelines to govern the practice of implementation of the principle of free, prior and informed consent in relationship to development affecting their lands and natural resources

Sub-Commission resolution 2003/29

Ms. Antoanella-Iulia Motoc and Tebtebba Foundation

Working papers (2004-2005)

 

Review of the draft Principles and Guidelines on the Heritage of Indigenous Peoples

Sub-Commission resolutions 2003/29 and 2004/15

Mr. Yozo Yokota and the Saami Council

Working papers (2003-2006)

 

Indigenous peoples and conflict resolution

Sub-Commission resolutions 2004/15 and 2005/23

Mr. Miguel Alfonso Martínez

E/CN.4/Sub.2/AC.4/2004/2 (5 July 2005) and Corr.1

Working paper requested by resolution 2005/23 was not submitted due to the uncertainty of the transitional period from the Commission on Human Rights to the Human Rights Council

 

Globalization and indigenous peoples

Sub-Commission resolutions 2001/10, 2002/17, 2003/29

Mr. El-Hadji Guissé

Working papers (2001-2004)

 

 

Individual and international law

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1974 Sub-Commission Individual duties to the community and the limitations of human rights and freedoms under Article 29 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Special Rapporteur Completed
1980 Sub-Commission Status of the individual and contemporary international law Special Rapporteur Completed
1982 Sub-Commission Draft principles on the right and responsibility of individuals, groups and organs of the society to promote and protect universally-recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms Special Rapporteur Completed
2000 Sub-Commission Human rights and human responsibilites Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme

Individual duties to the community and the limitations of human rights and freedoms under Article 29 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1974
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolution 9 (XXVII) (1974) [mandate], decisions 6 (XXIX) (1976), 3 (XXXII) (1979); 7 (XXXIII) (1980) [mandate termination]
  • Other resolutions and decisions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mrs. Erica-Irene A. Daes Special Rapporteur on individual duties to the community and the limitations on human rights and freedoms under article 29 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1974-1980)

 

Theme

Status of the individual and contemporary international law 

Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1980
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mrs. Erica-Irene A. Daes Special Rapporteur to report on the status of the individual in contemporary international human rights law  (1980-1989)

  • Preliminary report: E/CN.4/Sub.2/474
  • Written statement: E/CN.4/Sub.2/NGO/85
  • Reports
Theme

Draft principles on the right and responsibility of individuals, groups and organs of the society to promote and protect universally-recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms

Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1982
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mrs. Erica-Irene A. Daes Special Rapporteur on draft principles on the right and responsibility of individuals, groups and organs of society to promote and protect universally-recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms (1982-1985)

Theme Human rights and human responsibilities
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2000
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Miguel Alfonso Martínez Special Rapporteur on human rights and human responsibilities (2000-2005)

 

International order

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1980 Sub-Commission New international economic order Special Rapporteur Completed
2011 Human Rights Council Promotion of a democratic and equitable international order Independent Expert Ongoing

 

Theme

Promotion of a democratic and equitable international order

Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2011
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert 
Reports

Mr. Alfred de Zayas Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order (2012-2018)

Mr. Livingstone Sewanyana Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order (2018-)

 

Theme New international economic order
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1980
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Raúl Ferrero Special Rapporteur on the new international economic order and the promotion of human rights  (1980-1983)

Judges and lawyers

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1980 Sub-Commission Independence and impartiality of the judiciary, jurors and assessors and the independence of lawyers Special Rapporteur Completed
1990 Sub-Commission Strengthening the independence of the judiciary and the protection of practicing lawyers Special Rapporteur Completed
1994 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Independence of judges and lawyers Special Rapporteur Ongoing

 

Theme Independence of judges and lawyers
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1994
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Param Cumaraswamy Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers (1994-2003)

Mr. Leandro Despouy Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers (2003-2009)

Ms. Gabriela Carina Knaul de Albuquerque e Silva Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers (2009-2015)

Ms. Monica Pinto Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers(2015-2016)

Mr. Diego García-Sayán Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers(2017-)

 

Theme Independence and impartiality of the judiciary, jurors and assessors and the independence of lawyers
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1979
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. L.M. Singhvi Special Rapporteur on the independence and impartiality of the judiciary, jurors and assessors and the independence of lawyers (1979-1989)

Theme Strengthening the independence of the judiciary and the protection of practicing lawyers
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1990
Status Completed
Resolutions
Working paper E/CN.4/Sub.2/1990/34 (6 June 1990)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Louis Joinet Special Rapporteur on strengthening the independence of the judiciary and the protection of practicing lawyers (1990-1993)

 

Mass exoduses, migration, IDPs, population transfers

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1981 Sub-Commission Human rights and mass exoduses Special Rapporteur Completed
1992 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Internally displaced persons Special Representative / Special Rapporteur Ongoing
1992 Sub-Commission Human rights dimensions of population transfer, including the implantation of settlers and settlements Special Rapporteur Completed
1997 Commission Migrants and human rights Working Group Completed
1999 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Human rights of migrants Special Rapporteur Ongoing

 

Theme

Internally displaced persons

Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1992
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
  • Commission resolution 1992/73 [mandate: Special Representative]
  • Council resolution 14/6 (2010) [mandate: Special Rapporteur]
  • Other resolutions and decisions
Mandate holder Special Representative / Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Francis M. Deng Representative of the Secretary-General on internally displaced persons (1992-2004)

Mr. Walter Kalin Representative of the Secretary-General on internally displaced persons (2004-2010)

Mr. Chaloka Beyani Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (2010-2016)

Ms Cecilia Jimenez-Damary Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (2016-)

Theme

Human rights of migrants

Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1999
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms. Gabriela Rodriguez Pizarro Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants (1999-2005)

Mr. Jorge Bustamante Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants (2005-2011)

Mr. François Crépeau Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants (2011-2017)

Mr. Felipe González Morales Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants (2017-)

Theme Human rights and mass exoduses
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1981
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Sadruddin Aga Khan Special Rapporteur on human rights and mass exoduses (1981-1982)

Theme Human rights dimensions of population transfer, including the
implantation of settlers and settlements
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities /
Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1992
Status Completed
Resolutions
Working paper

Ms Christie Ezim Mbonu

  • Working paper E/CN.4/Sub.2/1991/47 (15 June 1991)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh and Mr. Ribot Hatano Special Rapporteurs on human
rights dimensions of population transfer, including the implantation of settlers and settlements (1992-1993)  

Mr. Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh Special Rapporteur on human rights dimensions of
population transfer, including the implantation of settlers and settlements (1993-1997)  

Theme Working Group on migrants and human rights
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1997
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Working Group (1997-1999)
Reports Reports

 

Minorities - national or ethnic, religious and linguistic

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1962 Sub-Commission Use of their own language by persons belonging to linguisitc groups Special Rapporteur Not approved
1969 Sub-Commission Rights of persons belonging to ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities Special Rapporteur Completed
1980 Sub-Commission Rights of Persons Belonging to National, Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities Working Group Completed
1990 Sub-Commission Possible ways and means of facilitating the peaceful and constructive solution of problems involving minorities Special Rapporteur Completed
1995 Sub-Commission Minorities Working Group Completed
2005 Sub-Commission /
Human Rights Council
Minority issues Independent Expert  /
Special Rapporteur
Ongoing

Minority issues

Theme
Mandating body Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2005
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
  • Commission resolution 2005/79 [mandate: Independent Expert], 
    Council resolution 25/5 (2014) [mandate: Special Rapporteur]
  • Other resolutions and decisions
Mandate holder Independent Expert / Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms. Gay McDougal Independent Expert on minority issues (2005-2011) 

Ms. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye Independent Expert / Special Rapporteur on minority issues (2011-2017) 

Mr. Fernand de Varennes RP, Doyen Special Rapporteur on minority issues (2017-)

Theme

Rights of persons belonging to ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities

Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1969
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolutions 9 (XX) (1967) [mandate], 5 (XXI) (1968), 
    6 (XXIV) (1971), 1 (XXV) (1972), 2 (XXVI) (1973), 1 (XXVII) (1974), 5 (XXX) (1977) [mandate termination]
  • Commission resolution 11 (XXXV) (1969), 14 (XXXIV) (1978)
  • ECOSOC resolution 1418 (XLVI) (1969)
Related reports

Mr. Eduard Schiller - Outline of the possible scope of future studies E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.499 (14 Oct. 1968)

Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Francesco Capotorti Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons belonging to ethnic,
religious and linguistic minorities (1969-1977)

  •     Reports:
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.564 (27 June 1972)
    • E/CN.2/Sub.2/L.582 (25 June 1973)
    • E/CN.2/Sub.2/L.595  (1 July 1974)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.621 (3 July 1975)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/384 and Add.1-7 (1977)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/384/Rev.1 [78.XIV.1] (1979)
Theme

Rights of persons belonging to national, ethnic, religious and
linguistic minorities

Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1980
Status Completed
Resolutions The Working Group was established by the Sub-Commission and held meetings in
August and September
 1980.
Mandate holder Working Group (1980-1991)
Reports
Theme

Possible ways and means of facilitating the peaceful and constructive
solution of problems involving minorities

Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1990
Status Completed
Resolutions
Working papers

Ms Claire Palley 

  •  Working paper: E/CN.4/Sub.2/1989/43

Mr. Miguel Alfonso Martínez

  • E/2003/92 (3 July 2003) submitted pursuant Sub-Commission resolutions 2002/19
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Abjorn Eide Special Rapporteur on possible ways and means of facilitating the peaceful
and constructive solution of problems involving minorities (1990-1994, 2002-2003)       

  •  Reports
  • Working paper containing suggestions for a comprehensive programme
    for the prevention of discrimination and protection of minorities  E/CN.4/Sub.2/1994/36 and Corr.1 
  • Progress report E/CN.4/Sub.2/2003/21 (17 June 2003) submitted by Asbjorn Eide
    in accordance with Sub-Commission resolution 2002/16
Theme

Minorities

Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities / 
Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1995
Status Completed
Resolutions

In 2007, the Working Group was replaced by the Forum on Minority Issues, established by
Human Rights Council resolution 6/15 (2007) 

Working papers

Ms Erika-Irene Daes and Mr. Asbjorn Eide 

  • Working paper  on the rights of persons belonging to  minorities and those
    of indigenous peoples E/CN.4/Sub.2/2000/10 (19 July 2000) submitted pursuant Sub-Commission resolution 1999/23
Mandate holder Working Group (1995-2006)
Reports

 

Theme Use of their own language by persons belonging to linguisitc groups
Mandate requested by Representative of Austria (E/CN.4/L.618) proposed that the Commission suggests to the Sub-Commission to undertake the study concerning the use of their own language by persons belonging to linguistic groups.
Year requested 1962
Rejection At 725th meeting (5 Apr. 1962), the Commission on Human Rights rejected the proposal containing in E/CN.4/L.618 (4 Apr 1962)

Working papers

Enclaved groups

Sub-Commission decision 1994/113

Mr. Asbjörn Aide

E/CN.4/Sub.2/1995/34 (21 July 1995)

Non-citizens

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1974 Sub-Commission Applicability of existing international provisions for the protection of human rights to individuals who are not citizens of the country in which they live Special Rapporteur Completed
1999 Sub-Commission Rights of the non-citizens Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme

Applicability of existing international provisions for the protection of human rights to individuals who are not citizens of the country in which they live

Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1974
Status

Completed

Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolution 10 (XXVII) (1974) [mandate], decision 5 (XXIX) (1976), resolutions 4 (XXX) (1977), 9 (XXXI) (1978) [mandate termination]
  • Commission decisions 4 (XXXI) (1975), 9 (XXXII) (1976), resolutions 16 (XXXV) (1979), 19 (XXXVI) (1980)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Baroness Elles Special Rapporteur on the applicability of existing international provisions for the protection of human rights to individuals who are not citizens of the country in which they live (1974-1978)

  • Reports:
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.682 (20 July 1978)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.628 (12 Aug. 1975) and Add.1 -4
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/369 (9 Aug. 1976) and Add.1-3
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/392 (23 June 1977) and Corr.1, E/CN.4/Sub.2/392/Rev.1 (1980), Sales No. 80.XIV.2
  • Text of the draft declaration on the human rights of individuals who are not citizens of the country in which they live (E/CN.4/1336 (5 Dec 1978))

 

Theme Rights of the non-citizens
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1999
Status Completed
Resolutions
Working paper

Working papers (1999)

Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. David Weissbrodt Special Rapporteur on the rights of the non-citizens(1999-2003)

 

Working papers

Regulation of citizenship by successor States

Sub-Commission decision 2002/111

Mr. Vladimir Kartashkin

Oral presentation on regulation of citizenship by successor States was made at the 11th meeting on 6 Aug 2003 of the Sub-Commission (55th session)

 

 

 

Older persons

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2013 Human Rights Council Older persons Independent Expert Ongoing

 

Theme Older persons
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2013
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons (2013-2020)

Ms. Claudia Mahler Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons (from 2020)

  • Reports

 

Working papers

Elderly people

Sub-Commission decision 2006/109
Advisory Committee recommendation 3/6 (2009)

Ms Chin-Sung Chung

A/HRC/AC/4/CRP.1  (4 Dec 2009)

Peasants

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2012 Human Rights Council Draft United Nations declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas Working Group Completed

 

Theme Draft United Nations declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2012
Status Completed, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Working Group (2012-)
Reports

Persons born out of wedlock

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1962 Sub-Commission Discrimination against persons born out of wedlock Special Rapporteur Completed
1975 Sub-Commission Examination and review of the draft general principles on equality and non-discrimination in respect of persons born out of wedlock Workinng Group Completed
Theme

Discrimination against persons born out of wedlock

Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1962
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolutions 5 (XIV) (1962) [mandate], 3 (XV) (1963),
    4 (XVI) (1964), 3 (XVII) (1965), 1 (XVIII) (1966), 1 (XIX) (1967) [mandate termination]
  • Commission resolutions 6 (XVIII) (1962) [approves the study], 10 (XXIV) (1968),
    19 (XXV) (1969), 7 (XXIX) (1973), decisions 9 (XXXII) (1976),