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Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants

Purpose of the mandate

Migration has been part of the human experience throughout history, and the number of migrants is growing worldwide. For those migrants finding themselves in situations of vulnerability, this mandate was created to:

  • Examine ways and means to overcome the obstacles existing to the full and effective protection of the human rights of all migrants at all stages of migration
  • Elaborate recommendations on strengthening the promotion, protection and implementation of the human rights of all migrants

About the mandate

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants is an independent expert appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council. The mandate was created in 1999 by the Commission on Human Rights, pursuant to resolution 1999/44. Since then, the mandate of the Special Rapporteur has been extended by Commission on Human Rights resolutions  2002/62 and 2005/47; and Human Rights Council resolutions 8/1017/12,  26/19, 34/21, and most recently 43/6, each for a period of three years.

The mandate of the Special Rapporteur covers all countries, irrespective of whether a State has ratified the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, of 18 December 1990.

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Current mandate holder

Felipe González Morales, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. © Felipe González MoralesFelipe González Morales has been the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants since 2017. He is a Professor of International Law at the Diego Portales University, in Santiago, Chile, where he is also the Director of a Master in International Human Rights Law. He was a Commissioner and the Rapporteur on Migrants between 2008 and 2015 at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, where he was President from 2010 to 2011. Read Mr. Gonzáles Morales’ full biography and CV.

Latest thematic reports

Ending immigration detention of children and providing adequate care and reception for them: In this report, submitted at the 2020 session of the General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur examines the international legal framework protecting the human rights of migrant children and reviews the impact of immigration detention on children and existing alternative care and reception solutions. View report page | View document A/75/183

Right to freedom of association of migrants and their defenders: This report, submitted at the 2020 session of the Human Rights Council, provides a thematic study on the right to freedom of association of migrants and examines recent trends in restrictions in law and in practice on freedom of association for migrants and civil society organizations that work to protect migrants’ rights. View report page | View document A/HRC/44/42

Latest country reports

Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (24 September to 1 October 2019). View document A/HRC/44/42/Add.2
Mission to Hungary (10 to 17 July 2019). View document A/HRC/44/42/Add.1

Latest news


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Activities

Joint Guidance Note on the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Human Rights of Migrants - Committee on Migrant Workers and Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants (PDF)
(Also available in العربية |  Français | Portuguese | Español | Turkish)

20th anniversary of the mandate
November 2019

Open letter of special procedures on the Global Compact on Migration (PDF)
June 2018

Former mandate holders

Mr. François Crépeau (Canada)
August 2011 - July 2017

Mr. Jorge. A. Bustamante (Mexico)
August 2005 - July 2011

Ms. Gabriela Rodríguez Pizarro (Costa Rica)
1999 - 2005