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Human Rights Special Procedures: Country Mandates

 

The listing includes:

  • current mandates and
  • completed mandates

 

Afghanistan

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1984 Commission Human rights situation in Afghanistan Special Rapporteur Completed
2003 Commission Human rights situation in Afghanistan Independent Expert Completed

Fact-finding missions in Afghanistan - the link will take you to another guide

Theme Human rights situation in Afghanistan
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1984
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Felix Ermacora Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan (1984-1995)

Mr. Choong-Hyun Paik Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan (1995-1998)

Mr. Kamal Hossain Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan (1998-2003)

Theme Human rights situation in Afghanistan
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2003
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Commission resolution 2003/77 [mandate]; Chairman's statement number 2 transmitted as decision 42 to the ECOSOC (2005) [mandate termination]
  • Other resolutions and decisions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. M. Cherif Bassiouni Independent Expert on Human Rights in Afghanistan (2003-2005)

Belarus

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2004 Commission / Human Rights Council Human rights situation in Belarus Special Rapporteur Completed
2012 Human Rights Council Human rights situation in Belarus Special Rapporteur Ongoing
Theme Human rights situation in Belarus
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2012
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Miklós Haraszti Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus (2012-2018)

Mrs. Anaïs Marin Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus (2018-)

 

Theme Human rights situation in Belarus
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights / Human Rights Council
 
Mandate establishment 2004
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr Adrian Severin Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus (2004-2007)

Bolivia

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1981 Commission Human rights situation in Bolivia Special Envoy Completed
Theme Human rights situation in Bolivia
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1981
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Envoy
Reports

Mr. Héctor Gros Espiell Special Envoy on the situation of human rights in Bolivia (1981-1984)

Burundi

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1995 Commission Human rights situation in Burundi Special Rapporteur Completed
2004 Commission / Human Rights Council Human rights situation in Burundi Independent Expert Completed

Fact-finding missions in Burundi - The link will take you to another guide

Theme Human rights situation in Burundi
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
 
Mandate establishment 1995
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burundi (1995-1999)

Ms Marie-Thérèse A. Keita Bocoum Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burundi (1999-2004)

Theme Human rights situation in Burundi
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2004
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Akich Okola Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Burundi (2004-2010)

Mr. Fatsah Ouguergouz Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Burundi (2011)

Cambodia

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1993 Commission / Human Rights Council Human rights situation in Cambodia Special Representative / Special Rapporteur Ongoing
Theme Human rights situation in Cambodia
Mandating body

Commission on Human Rights
 

Mandate establishment 1993 [Special Representative], 2008 [Special Rapporteur]
Status ONGOING, OHCHR Website
Resolutions
  • Commission resolution 1993/6 [mandate: Special Representative]
    Council resolution 9/15 (2008) [mandate: Special Rapporteur]
  • Other resolutions and decisions
Mandate holder Special Representative / Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Michael Kirby Special Representative of the Secretary-General for human rights in Cambodia (1993-1996)

Mr. Thomas Hammarberg Special Representative of the Secretary-General on human rights in Cambodia (1996-2000)

Mr. Peter Leuprecht Special representative of the Secretary-General on human rights in Cambodia (2000-2005)

Mr. Yash Ghai Special Representative of the Secretary-General on human rights in Cambodia (2005-2008)

MrSurya P. Subedi Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia (2009-2015)

Ms. Rhona Smith Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia (2015-)

 

 

Central African Republic

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2013 Human Rights Council Human rights situation in Central African Republic Independent Expert Ongoing

Fact-finding missions in Central African Republic - the link will take you to another guide

Theme Human rights situation in Central African Republic
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2013
Status ONGOING, OHCHR Website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Ms. Marie-Therese Keita Bocoum Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Central African Republic (2013-)

  • Reports
  • Oral update A/HRC/25/CRP.2 (Advance unedited version, French)

 

 

Chad

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1997 Commission Human rights situation in Chad Independent Expert Completed
2004 Commission Cooperation between the Government of Chad and the OHCHR in the promotion and protection of human rights Independent Expert Completed
Theme Human rights situation in Chad 
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1997
Status Completed
Resolutions Human rights situation in Chad was discussed during closed meetings of the Commission.
The Independent Expert was appointed during the 40th meeting on 4 April 1997.
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Ms Emna Chtioui Aouij Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Chad (1997-1998)

Theme Cooperation between the Government of Chad and the OHCHR in the
promotion and protection of human rights
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2004
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Commission resolution 2004/85 [mandate], decision 2005/118 [mandate termination]
  • ECOSOC decision 2004/226
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Ms Monica Pinto Independent Expert to facilitate cooperation between the Government
of Chad and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the promotion
and protection of human rights (2004-2005)

Chile

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1975 Commission Situation of human rights in Chile Working Group Completed
1977 Sub-Commission Situation of human rights in Chile Special Rapporteur Completed
1979 Commission Situation of human rights in Chile Special Rapporteur Completed
1979 Commission Situation of human rights in Chile Expert Completed

Fact-finding missions in Chile - the link will take you to another guide

 

Theme Situation of human rights in Chile
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1975
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Working Group  (1975-1979)
Reports
Theme Situation of human rights in Chile
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1977
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolution 11 (XXX) (1977) [mandate], decision 2 (XXXI) (1978) [mandate termination]
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Antonio Cassese Special Rapporteur on the impact of foreign economic aid and assistance on respect for human rights in Chile  (1977-1978)

Theme Situation of human rights in Chile
Mandating body Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1979
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur (1979-1990)
Reports

Mr. Abdoulaye Diéye Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Chile 

Mr. Rajsoomar Lallah Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Chile 

Mr. Fernando Volio Jiménez Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Chile 

 

Theme Situation of human rights in Chile
Mandating body Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1979
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Commission resolutions 11 (XXXV) (1979); 21 (XXXVI) (1980) [mandate termination]
Mandate holder Experts
Reports

Mr. Felix Ermacora Expert on the question of the fate of missing and disappeared persons in Chile (1979-1980)

Côte d'Ivoire

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2011, 2014 Human Rights Council Human rights situation in Côte d'Ivoire Independent Expert Ongoing

Fact-finding missions in Côte d'Ivoire - the link will take you to another guide

Theme Human rights situation in Côte d'Ivoire
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2011
Status ONGOINGOHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Doudou Diène Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire (2011-2014)

Mr. Mohammed Ayat Independent Expert on the enhancement of capacity-building and
technical cooperation with Côte d’Ivoire in the field of human rights
 (2014-)

Cuba

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1991 Commission Human rights situation in Cuba Special Representative /
Special Rapporteur
Completed
2002 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Human rights situation in Cuba Personal Representative Completed
Other studies
1988 Commission Report of the mission which took place in Cuba in accordance with Commission decision 1988/106   Completed

Fact-finding mission in Cuba - the link will take you to another guide

Theme Human rights situation in Cuba
Mandating body Commission om Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1991
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Representative
Reports

Mr. Rafael Rivas Posada Special Representative of the Secretary-General on situation of human rights in Cuba (1991-1992)

   
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Resolutions
Reports

Mr. Carl-Johan Groth Special Rapporteur on situation of human rights in Cuba (1992-1998)

Theme Human rights situation in Cuba
Mandating body Commission om Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2002
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Personal Representative of the High Commissioner
Reports

Ms Christine Chanet Personal Representative of the High Commissioner for
human rights in Cuba (2004-2007)

 

 

Report of the mission which took place in Cuba in accordance with Commission decision 1988/106

Members:
Alioune Sene (Senegal)
J. Sefi Attah (Nigeria)
Todor Dichev (Bulgaria)
José D. Ingles (Phillipines)
Michael J. Lillis (Ireland)

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2004 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Human rights situation in the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea Special Rapporteur Ongoing
2016 Human Rights Council Accountability pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 31/18 on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Independent Experts Completed

Fact-finding missions in DPRK - the link will take you to another guide

Theme Human rights situation in the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2004
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (2004-2010)

Mr. Marzuki Darusman Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (2010-2016)

Mr. Tomás OJEA QUINTANA Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (2016-)  

Theme Accountability pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 31/18 on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2016
Status Completed, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Experts
Reports

Ms. Sonja Biserko and Ms. Sara Hossain Independent Experts on accountability for human rights violations in the DPRK (2016-2017)

Democratic Republic of the Congo (former Zaire)

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1994 Commission Human rights situation in Zaire/Democratic Republic of the Congo Special Rapporteur Completed
2004 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Independent Expert Completed
Other studies
2002 Commission

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions concerning the massacres that took place in the region of Kisangani on 14 May 2002 and thereafter

  Completed
2009 Human Rights Council Joint reports by the thematic special procedures on technical assistance to the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo   Completed

Fact-finding missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - the link will take you to another guide

Theme Human rights situation in Zaire / Democratic Republic of the Congo
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1994
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Roberto Garretón Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Zaire (1994-1997)   

Mr. Roberto Garretón Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1998-2001)

Ms Iulia Antoanella Motoc Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2001-2004)

Theme Human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2004
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Frédéric Pacéré Titinga Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2004-2008)

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions concerning the massacres that took place in the region of Kisangani on 14 May 2002 and thereafter (Commission resolution 2002/36)

Joint reports by the thematic special procedures on technical assistance to the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Human Rights Council resolutions 10/33 (2009), 13/22 (2010))

 

El Salvador

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1981 Commission Human rights situation in El Salvador Special Representative Completed
1992 Commission Human rights situation in El Salvador Independent Expert Completed
Theme Human rights situation in El Salvador
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1981
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Representative
Reports

Mr. Jose Antonio Pastor Ridruejo Special Representative on the situation of human rights in El Salvador (1981-1992)

Theme Human rights situation in El Salvador
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1992
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Pedro Nikken Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in El Salvador  (1992-1995)

Equatorial Guinea

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1979 Commission Human rights situation in Equatorial Guinea Special Rapporteur Completed
1980 Commission Human rights situation in Equatorial Guinea Expert Completed
1993 Commission Human rights situation in Equatorial Guinea Special Rapporteur Completed
1999 Commission Human rights situation in Equatorial Guinea Special Representative Completed
Theme Human rights situation in Equatorial Guinea
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1979
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Commission resolutions 15 (XXXV) (1979) [mandate], 33 (XXXVI) (1980) [mandate termination] 
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Fernando Volio Jimenez Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Equatorial Guinea (1979-1980)

Theme Human rights situation in Equatorial Guinea
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1980
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Expert
Reports

Mr. Fernando Volio Jimenez Expert on the situation of human rights in Equatorial Guinea (1980-1993)

Theme Human rights situation in Equatorial Guinea
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1993
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Alejandro Artucio Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights Equatorial Guinea (1993-1999)

Theme Human rights situation in Equatorial Guinea
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1999
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Representative
Reports

Mr. Gustavo Gallón Giraldo Special Representative on the situation of human rights in Equatorial Guinea (1999-2002)

 

Eritrea

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2012 Human Rights Council Human rights situation in Eritrea Special Rapporteur Ongoing

Fact-finding missions in Eritrea - the link will take you to another guide

Theme Human rights situation in Eritrea
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2012
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms Sheila B. Keetharuth Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea (2012-2018)

Ms Daniela Kravetz Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea (2018-2020)

Dr. Mohamed Abdelsalam Babiker Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea (2020- )

Guatemala

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1982 Commission Human rights situation in Guatemala Special Rapporteur Completed
1986 Commission Human rights situation in Guatemala Special Representative Completed
1987 Commission Human rights situation in Guatemala Independent Expert Completed
Other studies
1997 Commission Assistance to Guatemala in the field of human rights Mission Completed
Theme Human rights situation in Guatemala
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1982
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

 Mr. Viscount Colville of Culross Special Rapporteur / Representative on the situation of human rights in Guatemala  (1982-1986)

Theme Human rights situation in Guatemala
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights 
Mandate establishment 1986
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Representative
Reports

Mr. Viscount Colville of Culross Special Representative on the situation of human rights in Guatemala (1986-1987)

Theme Human rights situation in Guatemala
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights 
 
Mandate establishment 1987
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Héctor Gros Espiell Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Guatemala  (1987-1990)

Mr. Christian Tomuschat Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Guatemala  (1990-1993)

Ms. Mónica Pinto Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Guatemala  (1993-1997)

Mission to Guatemala [pursuant to resolution 1997/51]

Assistance to Guatemala in the field of human rights (Commission resolution 1997/51)

Members:
Alberto Díaz Uribe (Colombia)
Diego García-Sayán (Peru)
Yvon Le Bot (France)

Haiti

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1986 Commission Human rights situation in Haiti Special Representative Completed
1987, 1991 Commission Human rights situation in Haiti Expert / Independent Expert Completed
1992 Commission Human rights situation in Haiti Special Rapporteur Completed
1995 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Human rights situation in Haiti Independent Expert Completed

 

Theme Human rights situation in Haiti
Mandating body

Commission on Human Rights

Mandate establishment 1986
Status Completed 
Resolutions
  • Commission confidential decision adopted at its 56th (closed) meeting
    (43rd session, 1986), resolution 1987/13 [mandate termination]
  • ECOSOC decision 1987/140
Mandate holder Special Representative
Reports

Mr. Michel Gauvin Special Representative on the situation of human rights in Haiti (1986-1987)

  • Report: E/CN.4/1987/61 (5 Aug 1987) (originally issued as E/CN.4/1987/R.2 -
    a restricted document made public by the decision of ECOSOC 1987/140)
Theme Human rights situation in Haiti
Mandating body

Commission on Human Rights

Mandate establishment 1987, 1991
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Expert / Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Andre Braunschweig Expert on Haiti (1987-1988)

Mr. Philippe Texier Expert on Haiti (1989-1991)

Mr. Marco Tulio Bruni Celli Independent Expert on Haiti (1991-1992)

Theme Human rights situation in Haiti
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1992
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Marco Tulio Bruni Celli Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Haiti  (1992-1995)

Theme Human rights situation in Haiti
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1995
Status Completed, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Exper
Reports

Mr. Adama Dieng Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti (1995-2001)

 Mr. Louis Joinet Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti (2002-2008) 

Mr. Michel Forst Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti (2008-2013)

Mr. Gustavo Gallón Giraldo Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti (2014-2017)

Iran

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1984 Commission Human rights situation in Iran Special Representative Completed
2011 Human Rights Council Human rights situation in Iran Special Rapporteur Ongoing

 

Theme Human rights situation in Iran
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2011
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Ahmed Shaheed Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran (2011-2016)

Ms. Asma Jahangir Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran  (2016-2018)

Mr. Javaid Rehman Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran  (2018-)

Theme Human rights situation in Iran
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1984
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Representative
Reports

Mr. Andrés Aguilar Special Representative on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran  (1984-1986)

Mr. Reynaldo Galindo Pohl Special Representative on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran (1986-1995)

Mr. Maurice Danby Copithorne Special Representative on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran (1995-2002)

Iraq

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1991 Commission Human rights situation in Iraq Special Rapporteur Completed

Fact-finding missions in Iraq - the link will take you to another guide

Theme Human rights situation in Iraq
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1991
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Max van der Stoel Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iraq (1991-1999)

Mr. Andreas Mavrommatis Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iraq (1999-2004)

 

Kuwait

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1991 Commission Human rights situation in Kuwait Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme Human rights situation in Kuwait
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1991
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Walter Kälin Special Rapporteur on human rights violations committed in occupied Kuwait by the invading and occupying forces of Iraq (1991-1992)

Liberia

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2003 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Human rights situation in Liberia Independent Expert Completed

Fact-finding missions in Liberia - the link will take you to another guide

Theme Human rights situation in Liberia
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2003
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Ms Charlotte Abaka Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Liberia (2003-2008)

 

Mali

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2013 Human Rights Council Human rights situation in Mali Independent Expert Ongoing

Fact-finding missions in Mali - the link will take you to another guide

Theme Human rights situation in Mali
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2013
Status Ongoing, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Suliman Baldo Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali (2013-)

Mauritania

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1981 Sub-Commission Human rights situation in Mauritania Expert Completed
Theme Human rights situation in Mauritania
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1981
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Sub-Commission resolutions 16 (XXXIV) (1981) [mandate], 
    1982/14, decision 1982/7,  resolutions 1984/281985/11, 1987/30 [mandate termination]
  • Commission resolutions 1982/201985/24
  • ECOSOC decisions 1982/129, 1985/143
Mandate holder Expert
Reports

Mr. Marc Bossuyt  Expert on human rights situation in Mauritania (1981-1987)

Myanmar

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1992 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Human rights situation in Myanmar Special Rapporteur Ongoing

Fact-finding missions in Myanmar - the link will take you to another guide

Theme Human rights situation in Maynmar
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1992
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Yozo Yokota Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (1992-1996)

Mr. Rajsoomer Lallah Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (1996-2000)

Mr. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (2000-2008)

Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (2008-2014)

Ms. Yanghee Lee Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (2014-2020)

Mr. Thomas H. Andrews Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (from 2020)

  • Reports

Nigeria

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1997 Commission Human rights situation in Nigeria Special Rapporteur Completed
Other studies
1996-1997 Commission Joint reports by Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions and Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers   Completed

Fact-finding missions in Nigeria - the link will take you to another guide

Theme Human rights situation in Nigeria
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1997
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Soli Jehangir Sorabjee Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Nigeria (1997-1999)

Joint reports (1996-1997) by Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions and Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

Palestine / Israel

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1969 Commission Israel's violations of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection
of Civilian Persons in Time of War
Working Group Completed
1993 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Human Rights situation in the Palestinian Territories Special Rapporteur Ongoing
2010 Human Rights Council Domestic, legal or other proceedings in Israel and Palestine Committee of Independent Experts Completed

Fact-finding missions related to Palestine/Israel - the link will take you to another guide

Theme Human Rights situation in the Palestinian Territories
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 1993
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions

 

Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. René Felber Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967 (1993-1995)

Mr. Hannu Halinen Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967 (1995-1999)

Mr. Giorgio Giacomelli Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967 (1999-2001)

Mr. John Dugard Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967 (2001-2008)

Mr. Richard Falk Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967 (2008-2014)

Mr. Makarim Wibisono Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967 (2014-2016)

Mr. S. Michael Lynk Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967 (2016-) 

All reports by Special Rapporteurs on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied since 1967

Theme Israel's violations of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection
of Civilian Persons in Time of War
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1969
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Commission resolution 6 (XXV) (1969) [mandate]
Mandate holder Working Group
Reports
  • Reports: E/CN.4/1016 and Add. 1-5
Theme Domestic, legal or other proceedings in Israel and Palestine
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2010
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Committee of Independent Experts
Reports

Committee of Independent Experts "in international humanitarian and human rights
law to monitor and assess any domestic, legal or other proceedings undertaken by
both the Government of Israel and the Palestinian side, in the light of General
Assembly resolution 64/254, including the independence, effectiveness,
genuineness of these investigations and their conformity with international
standards" 
(2010): 

Mary McGowan Davis (USA)
Lennart Aspegren (Sweden)

 

Papua New Guinea

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1994 Commission Human rights situation in Papua-New Guinea (Bougainville) Special Representative Completed
Theme Human rights situation in Papua-New Guinea (Bougainville)
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1994
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Representative
Reports

Mr. Francesc Vendrell Representative of the Secretary-General to Papua New Guinea (1994-1995)

Poland

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1982 Commission Human rights situation in Poland Special Representative Completed
Theme Human rights situation in Poland
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1982
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Commission resolutions 1982/26 [mandate], 1983/30, decision 1984/110 
  • No resolution terminating the mandate
Mandate holder Special Representative
Reports

Mr. Hugo Gobbi Special Representative of the Secretary-General on human rights situation in Poland (1982-1983)

Mr. Patricio Ruedas Special Representative of the Secretary-General on human rights situation in Poland (1983-1984)

Romania

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1989 Commission Human rights situation in Romania Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme Human rights situation in Romania
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1989
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Joseph Voyame Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Romania (1989-1992)

Rwanda

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1994 Commission Human rights situation in Rwanda Special Rapporteur Completed
1997 Commission Human rights situation in Rwanda Special Representative Completed
Other studies
1998 Commission Special Rapporteur on violence against women   Completed

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Theme Human rights situation in Rwanda
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1994
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. René Dégni-Ségui Special Rapporteur to investigate the human rights situation in Rwanda (1994-1997)

Theme Human rights situation in Rwanda
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1997
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Representative
Reports

Mr. Michel Moussali Special Representative on the situation of human rights in Rwanda (1997-2001)

Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women on her mission to Rwanda:

Somalia

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1993 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Human Rights situation in Somalia Independent Expert Ongoing
Theme Human Rights situation in Somalia
Mandating body

Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council

Mandate establishment 1993
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Fanuel Jariretundu Kozonguizi Independent Expert on assistance to Somalia in the field of human rights (1993-1994)

Mr. Mohamed Charfi Independent Expert on assistance to Somalia in the field of human rights (1995-1996)

Ms. Mona Rishmawi Independent Expert on situation of human rights in Somalia (1996-2000)

Mr. Ghanim Alnajjar Independent Expert on situation of human rights in Somalia (2001-2008) 

Mr. Shamsul Bari Independent Expert on situation of human rights in Somalia (2008-2014)

Mr. Bahame Tom Nyanduga Independent Expert on situation of human rights in Somalia (2014-2020)

Ms. Isha Dyfan Independent Expert on situation of human rights in Somalia (from 2020)

  • Reports

South Africa

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1977 Commission Implementation of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid Group of Three Completed
1992 Sub-Commission Human rights situation in South Africa Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme Implementation of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1977
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Group of three
Reports

Group of three established under the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of Apartheid (1977-1995)     

Theme Human rights situation in South Africa
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1992
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mrs Judith Sefi Attah Special Rapporteur on the progress towards democracy, equality and social justice in South Africa (1992-1995)       

Southern Africa

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1967 Commission Apartheid and racial discrimination in southern Africa Special Rapporteur Completed
1967 Commission Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts on southern Africa Working Group Completed
1973 Sub-Commission Adverse consequences for the enjoyment of human rights of political, military, economic and other forms of assistance given to the colonial and racist regimes in southern Africa Special Rapporteur Completed
Theme Apartheid and racial discrimination in southern Africa
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1967
Status Completed
Resolutions
  • Commission on Human Rights resolutions 7 (XXIII) (1967) [mandate], 3 (XXIV) (1968), 
    4 (XXIV) (1968), 5 (XXV) (1969), by a decision adopted at its 1078th meeting (26th sess. 1970) the Commission terminated the mandate
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Manoucher Ganji Special Rapporteur on apartheid and racial discrimination in southern Africa (1967-1970)

 

Theme Ad Hoc Working Group of Experts on southern Africa
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1967
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Working Group (1967-1995)
Reports
  • Reports (1973-1995), see also:
  • E/CN.4/950 /27 Oct 1967)
  • E/CN.4/984  (19 Feb. 1969) and Add. 1-10, Add.11/Rev.1, Add.12-19
  • E/CN.4/1020 (27 Jan. 1970) and Add. 1-3
  • E/CN.4/1050 (2 Feb. 1971) and Corr.1
  • E/CN.4/1075 (15 Feb. 1972)
  • E/CN.4/1076 (15 Feb. 1972)
  • E/CN.4/1135 (4 Feb. 1974)
  • E/CN.4/1159 (24 Feb. 1975)
  • E/CN.4/1187 (30 Jan. 1976)
  • E/CN.4/1366 (31 Jan. 1980)
Theme Adverse consequences for the enjoyment of human rights of political, military, economic and
other forms of assistance given to the colonial and racist regimes in southern Africa
Mandating body Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Mandate establishment 1973
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Ahmed M. Khalifa Special Rapporteur on the adverse consequences for the enjoyment
of human rights of political, military, economic and other forms of assistance given to the colonial
and racist regimes in southern Africa

  • Reports (1977-1992), see also:
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/L.624 (23 July 1975)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/371 /14 July 1976)
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/383/Rev.2 (1979), Sales No. 79.XIV.3
    • E/CN.4/Sub.2/415 [working paper] (31 Aug 1978)

The Sudan

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1993 Commission Human rights situation in the Sudan Special Rapporteur Completed
2004 Commission Human rights situation in the Sudan Independent Expert Completed
2005 Commission /
Human Rights Council
Human rights situation in the Sudan Special Rapporteur Completed
2007 Human Rights Council Group of Experts on Darfur Group of Experts Completed
2009 Human Rights Council Human rights situation in the Sudan Independent Expert

Completed

2021 Human Rights Council Human rights situation in the Sudan Independent Expert Ongoing

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Theme Human rights situation in the Sudan
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2021
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
  • Human Rights Council resolution S-32/1 [mandate]
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports  

Theme Human rights situation in the Sudan
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1993
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Gaspar Biro Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Sudan (1993-1998)

Mr. Leonardo Franco Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Sudan (1998-2000)

Mr. Gerhart Baum Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Sudan (2000-2004)

Theme Human rights situation in the Sudan
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2004
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Emmanuel Akwei Addo Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan (2004)

Theme Human rights situation in the Sudan
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2005
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Ms Sima Samar Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Sudan (2005-2009)

 

Theme Group of Experts on Darfur
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2007
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Group of Experts 
Reports

Group of Experts on Darfur (2007)

Composed of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children
and Armed Conflict, the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary
Executions, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the Situation
of Human Rights Defenders, the Representative of the Secretary-General on the
Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, the Special Rapporteur on the
Question of Torture and the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women,
its Causes and Consequences

Theme Human rights situation in the Sudan
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2009
Status ONGOING, OHCHR website
Resolutions
Mandate holder Independent Expert
Reports

Mr. Mohammed Chande Othman Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan (2009-2012)

Mr. Mashood A. Baderin Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan (2012-2014)

Mr. Aristide Nononsi Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan (2014-2020)

 

 

 

Syrian Arab Republic

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
2011 Human Rights Council Human rights situation in Syria Special Rapporteur Not started yet

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Theme Human rights situation in Syria
Mandating body Human Rights Council
Mandate establishment 2011
Status Has not started yet
Resolutions
  • Council Council resolution S-18/1 (2011)
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Mr. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic

  • Will start once the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry ends

The former Yugoslavia

Year Mandated by Theme Mandate Status
1992 Commission Human rights situation in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) Special Rapporteur Completed
2001 Commission Human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Special Representative Completed

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Theme Human rights situation in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 1992
Status Completed
 
Mandate holder Special Rapporteur
Reports

Tadeusz Mazowiecki Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1992-1995)

Ms Elizabeth Rehn Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1995-1998)

Mr. Jirí Dienstbier Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1998-2001)

Theme Human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Mandating body Commission on Human Rights
Mandate establishment 2001
Status Completed
Resolutions
Mandate holder Special Representative
Reports

Mr. José Cutileiro Special Representative on the situation of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (2001-2003)