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Special procedures

Graphic: UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women at a media conference in Kabul

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The fact-finding and investigatory mechanisms of the Human Rights Council are collectively known as the special procedures.

These include Special Rapporteurs, Special Representatives of the Secretary General and working groups mandated by the Human Rights Council with the aim of documenting human rights violations on particular themes or country situations. There are currently 41 thematic and 14 country mandates.

The strength of the special procedures lies in their independence; mandate holders are human rights experts appointed in an individual capacity.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights provides them with personnel, policy, research and logistical support to assist them carry out their mandates.


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International Human Rights and the International Human Rights System: A Manual for NHRIs

This manual outlines the practical ways that NHRIs can engage with the international human rights system to highlight issues and advocate for change.


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  1. UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women at a media conference in Kabul - UNAMA, Flickr; http://bit.ly/1L0I2Hc