Draft Manual of the United Nations Human Rights Special Procedures (call for comments)

The Secretariat of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has released adraft Manual of the United Nations Human Rights Special Procedures. 

This Manual aims to provide guidance to the mandate-holders appointed under the various United Nations human rights Special Procedures. It also seeks to facilitate a better understanding of their work by all other stakeholders in the process. The Manual endeavours to reflect good practices and to assist the mandate-holders in their efforts to promote and protect human rights. It does so in light of the relevant mandates by which the various Special Procedures have been established and of the overall mandate given to the Human Rights Council in General Assembly resolution 60/251.

This Manual was originally adopted at the 6th Annual Meeting of Special Procedures mandate-holders in 1999. Since that time it has been revised to reflect the changing structure of the United Nations human rights machinery, new developments in relation to mandates, and the evolving working methods of the mandate-holders. It is subject to periodic review and updating by the mandate-holders.  They are responsible for its content and for its revision.  

At their 13th Annual Meeting, in June 2006, the mandate-holders reaffirmed the importance of working in a consultative and transparent way and agreed to invite comments on the draft from Governments, civil society organizations, independent experts and all other stake holders.

Comments may be sent to the following e-mail address spmanual@ohchr.org. Comments will be posted on the OHCHR website. The Coordination Committee of Special Procedures will then revise the Manual in light of the comments received, consult further with all mandate-holders, and present a final draft for consideration and approval by the mandate-holders at their 14th annual meeting, which is tentatively scheduled to take place in June 2007.


pdf: http://ohchr.org/english/bodies/chr/special/docs/Manual_English.pdf



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