SUBMITTING HUMAN RIGHTS INFORMATION 
TO THE UN SPECIAL PROCEDURES


This is a brief guide to sending human rights information to the Special Procedures (country and thematic mechanisms/ mandates) of the Commission on Human Rights. Those listed below all report to the Commission on Human Rights, while some report also to the General Assembly or other bodies. The reports are public, inform the debate at the GA and Commission and influence the resolutions on country human rights situations. 

Urgent Action communications.
If a situation requires urgent action (e.g. if someone has been arrested/disappeared whom you think is at immediate risk of torture or execution, and you want the UN to send an urgent communication to the government), put "FOR URGENT ACTION" at the head of the correspondence and address it to urgent-action@ohchr.org (this is also the general address for Special Procedures)

Deadlines for submitting information
Since the material received is sent to governments, which take time to answer (if they answer at all), the deadline for material to be considered for the reports to the General Assembly is end May-early June. In the case of the Commission on Human Rights, the deadline is mid-November. Material arriving late will be considered for the next report.

Guidelines for submitting information
To find out what kind of material the different procedures use, go to their web-pages (see below). Some have questionnaires or specific sets of guidelines on submission of information. Otherwise, look at some of their recent reports (under Documents on their web-pages). If you have questions about confidentiality, ask.

Where to send information
Material (hard copy, fax or email) should be sent to the destinations given below, addressed to the Special Rapporteur(s), Representative(s) or Working Groups in question. If you think the material may be of interest to more than one procedure, put: "to the Special Rapporteur on XXXX, on YYYY and the Special Representative on ZZZZ" etc. at the head of the submission.

(by mail)

c/o OHCHR-UNOG,
1211, Geneva 10,
Switzerland

(or by fax) to
(+41-22) 917 9012

(or by email) to
urgent-action@ohchr.org

 

PROCEDURES MOST RELEVANT TO BURMA/MYANMAR

MYANMAR
Special Rapporteur Mr. Paulo Sergio PINHEIRO (Brazil)
Reports to the Commission and General Assembly
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/countries/mm/mandate/index.htm

ADEQUATE HOUSING
Special Rapporteur Mr. Miloon KOTHARI (India)
Reports to the Commission
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/housing/index.htm

ARBITRARY DETENTION
Working Group
Reports to the Commission
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/detention/index.htm

ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, ITS CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES
Special Rapporteur Ms. Yakin Ertürk (Turkey)
Reports to the Commission
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/women/rapporteur

ENFORCED OR INVOLUNTARY DISAPPEARANCES
Working Group,
Reports to the Commission
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/disappear/index.htm
Contact wgeid@ohchr.org
Independent Expert Mr.Manfred NOWAK (Austria)
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/disappear/expert.htm

EXTRAJUDICIAL, SUMMARY AND ARBITRARY EXECUTIONS
Special Rapporteur Mr. Philip ALSTON (Australia)
Reports to the Commission and General Assembly
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/executions/index.htm

FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF
Special Rapporteur Ms Asma JAHANGIR (Pakistan)
Reports to the Commission and General Assembly
Web-page: http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/religion/index.htm

HUMAN RIGHTS AND EXTREME POVERTY
Independent Expert  Mr. Arjun SENGUPTA ( India )
Reports to the Commission, the Commission on the
Status of Women, the Commission on Sustainable Development
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/poverty/expert/index.htm

HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
Special Rapporteur Mr. Rodolfo STAVENHAGEN (Mexico)
Reports to the Commission
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/indigenous/rapporteur
 
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
Special Representative Ms. Hina JILANI (Pakistan)
Reports to the Commission and the General Assembly
Web-page: http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/defenders/index.htm

HUMAN RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS
Special Rapporteur Mr. J.A. BUSTAMANTE (Mexico)
Reports to the Commission
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/migration/rapporteur

 

IMPACT OF ARMED CONFLICT ON CHILDREN
Special Representative of the Secretary General Mr. Olara OTUNNU (Cote d'Ivoire)
Reports to the General Assembly, copy to the Commission
Web-pages:
http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu2/7/b/mchildsre.htm
http://www.un.org/special-rep/children-armed-conflict


INDEPENDENCE OF JUDGES AND LAWYERS
Special Rapporteur Rapporteur Mr. Leandro DESPOUY (Argentina)
Reports to the Commission
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/judiciary/index.htm

INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS
Special Representative of the Secretary General  Mr. Walter Kälin (
Switzerland)

Reports to the Commission and General Assembly
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/idp/index.htm

RACISM, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, XENOPHOBIA AND RELATED INTOLERANCE
Special Rapporteur Mr. Doudou DIENE (Senegal)
Reports to the General Assembly and the Commission
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/racism/rapporteur/index.htm

RIGHT TO EDUCATION
Special Rapporteur Mr. Vernor MUÑOZ VILLALOBOS (Costa Rica)
Reports to the Commission
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/education/rapporteur/index.htm

RIGHT TO FOOD
Special Rapporteur Mr. Jean ZEIGLER (Switzerland)
Reports to the Commission and General Assembly
For this mandate, send information to the UN (see above) and also to:
Sally-Anne Way, Senior Researcher, Research Unit on the Right to Food For the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food,
Institut Universitaire d'Etudes du Développement
24 Rue Rothschild
Case Postale 136,
CH-1211 Genève 21,
Switzerland
Fax (+41-22) 906 5994
Email specialrapporteur@righttofood.org
Web-pages:
http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/food/index.htm
http://www.righttofood.org
[Since this is a fairly new mandate, and there are only a few reports to look at, I will point out that the Special Rapporteur is looking at situations where actions by government agents restrict people's access to food (e.g. by destroying food crops or stores, by forcibly relocating farmers away from their land, by forcing people to do forced labour, thus reducing the time they have for their own farming, etc.). In addition, he is looking at situations where governments do not carry out their obligations to protect or fulfil the right to food.]

RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF OPINION AND EXPRESSION
Special Rapporteur Mr Ambeyi  LIGABO (Kenya)
Reports to the Commission
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/opinion/index.htm

RIGHT TO EVERYONE TO THE ENJOYMENT OF THE HIGHEST ATTAINABLE STANDARD OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
Special Rapporteur Mr. Paul HUNT (New Zealand)
Reports to the Commission
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/health/right/index.htm

SALE OF CHILDREN, CHILD PROSTITUTION AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Special Rapporteur Mr. Juan Miguel PETIT (Uruguay)
Reports to the Commission
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/children/rapporteur/index.htm

TORTURE
Special Rapporteur Mr. Manfred NOWAK (Austria)
Reports to the Commission and General Assembly
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/torture/rapporteur

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS, ESPECIALLY IN WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Special Rapporteur Ms. Sigma HUDA (
Bangladesh)
Reports to the Commission
Web-page http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/trafficking/index.htm


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Updated October 2005