The Working Group on Communications (WGC) is designated by the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee from among its members for a period of three years (mandate renewable once). It consists of five independent and highly qualified experts and is geographically representative of the five regional groups. The Working Group meets twice a year for a period of five working days to assess the admissibility and the merits of a communication, including whether the communication alone or in combination with other communications, appears to reveal a consistent pattern of gross and reliably attested violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms. All admissible communications and recommendations thereon are transmitted to the Working Group on Situations.
The membership for the Working Group in 2021 is as follows:
Mr. Ibrahim Abdulaziz ALSHEDDI
Mr. Alessio BRUNI
Mr. Iurii Alexandrovich KOLESNIKOV
Ms. Mona OMAR
Ms. Elizabeth S. SALMON (Interim Chair-Rapporteur)
In 2020, the Working Group on Communications held one session, exceptionally, due to COVID-19:
In 2021, the Working Group on Communications will hold two sessions:
At its 27th session, the Working Group will consider communications including those kept under review at its 26th session in February 2020 and new communications that have been received in the framework of the complaint procedure between November 2019 and April 2020.
All admissible communications are transmitted to the State concerned to obtain the view of the latter on the allegations of the violations. During its session, the Working Group on Communications may decide to:
In accordance with paragraph 106 of resolution 5/1, both the author of a communication and the State concerned, are informed of the proceeding at each stage.
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