United Nations Special Rapporteur

This portal tracks the work of the UN Special Rapporteur to defend the freedoms of peaceful assembly and association.

     
 

As of March 23, 2018, Mr. Nyaletsossi Clément Voule began serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association. ICNL congratulates him on his appointment.

UN Special Rapporteurs are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country perspective. The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) created the position of Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association in September 2010 (HRC resolution 15/21), to respond to growing violations and abuses of these rights. In resolution 33/32 in June 2016, the HRC extended the mandate for a period of three more years. It reiterates the responsibilities of the mandate holder to include, inter alia, examining, monitoring, advising and publicly reporting on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, with the ultimate goal of their promotion and protection. This includes through individual complaints, studies, technical assistance to governments, country visits, and public outreach.

Mr. Voule takes on this mandate at a time where the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association are under increasing pressure globally and the gap between states’ international commitments and national realities is growing ever wider. ICNL wishes Mr. Voule well in meeting these challenges, and urges all States to respect the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association and be responsive to the mandate.

 

 

UNSR Assembly and Association Reports

Country Reports

The Special Rapporteur has undertaken a number of official country visits to assess the levels of enjoyment of assembly and association rights at the national level.

Other UNSR Reports and Resources

Maini Kiai

Freeassembly.net

This website of Maina Kiai, former United Nations Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, includes thematic and country reports, country communications, information on special projects, and other news relevant to the mandate up through April 2017.

UN Resolutions