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Essentials

  • Five unremunerated United Nations expert positions established by the Human Rights Council will be filled at the Council’s June 2018 session.
  • Individuals seeking appointment should have extensive and internationally recognized professional experience and expertise in the field of human rights with an emphasis on the particular human rights issue to which the position relates.
  • Appointments to be made at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council (18 June – 6 July 2018)
  • Applications are due by 4 May 2018 (12 noon Greenwich Mean Time)
  • To apply online click here
  • For more information about the selection process, please visit the website and refer to frequently asked questions
  • Specific queries about the application and selection process may be addressed to [email protected]

Summary
The “special procedures” of the Human Rights Council (HRC) are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. These experts report to the Human Rights Council – the main United Nations intergovernmental body dealing with human rights.

Experts serve in their independent and personal capacity. Their specific functions are defined in the HRC resolutions creating or extending their mandate. The work involves substantial time commitment, approximately three months per year, and includes examining, monitoring, advising and publicly reporting on either specific country situations (country mandates), or on thematic issues in all parts of the world (thematic mandates). Activities of special procedures also include undertaking country visits, acting on individual cases, conducting studies and engage in general advocacy activities. All mandate holders report annually to the HRC and most mandate holders also report to the General Assembly.

Appointed experts are not United Nations staff members, they are not based in the United Nations offices in Geneva or another United Nations location and they do not receive any salary or other financial compensation except for allowances when they travel officially. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights provides support to the mandate holders.

Appointments at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council (18 June – 6 July 2018)

  1. Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment [HRC res. 28/11 and 37/8]
  2. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran [HRC res. 34/23 and 37/30]
  3. Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, member from African States [HRC res. 35/7]
  4. Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, member from Eastern European States [HRC res. 35/7]
  5. Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination, member from Western European and other States [HRC res. 33/4]