UN-OHCHR Rapporteurs

Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on freedom of religion or belief

WN0V1002ed4_Asma+MichaelWiener_redMs Asma Jahangir (Pakistan)with accompanying assistant Michael Wiener (Germany) during visit to UK.


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Introduction (UN-OHCHR information)

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights decided, in resolution 1986/20 subsequently renewed, to appoint a special rapporteur on religious intolerance. The Commission requested the Special Rapporteur:

  • to examine incidents and governmental actions in all parts of the world which were inconsistent with the provisions of the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief, and to recommend remedial measures for such situations.
  • to apply a gender perspective in the reporting process, including in information collection and in recommendations;
  • within the terms of her mandate and in the context of recommending remedial measures, to take into account the experience of various States as to which measures are most effective in promoting freedom of religion and belief and countering all forms of;
  • to continue to bear in mind the need to be able to respond effectively to credible and reliable information that comes before her, to seek the views and comments of the Government concerned on any information which she intends to include in her report, and to continue to carry out her work with discretion and independence.

In the discharge of her mandate the Special Rapporteur:

  1. transmits urgent appeals and communications to States with regard to cases that represent infringements of or impediments to the exercise of the right to freedom of religion and belief.
  2. undertakes fact-finding country visits.
  3. submits annual reports to the Commission on human rights, and General Assembly, on the activities, trends and methods of work.

Special Rapporteurs:

  • Ms. Asma Jahangir (Pakistan) 2004 - onwards
  • Mr. Abdelfattah Amor (Tunisia), 1993-2004
  • Mr. Angelo d'Almeida Ribeiro (Portugal), 1986-1993
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