Call for input to the report: “Effectiveness of States’ responses and follow-up to communications and visit requests transmitted by the Special Rapporteur on Torture”

15 October 2020
Issued by:
The Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
State consultation to inform the Special Rapporteur on torture's report to be presented to the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council in March 2021.


Thirty-five years after the creation of the mandate, and mindful of the “need to be able to respond effectively to credible and reliable information that comes before him” as evoked by the Human Rights Commission (E/CN.4/res/1985/33, para. 6), the Special Rapporteur deems it timely to evaluate the effectiveness of States’ interactions with the mandate with a view to ensuring the prevention, investigation, prosecution and redress of torture and ill-treatment.

Objectives of the report

The report aims to:

  • conduct a longitudinal study, through statistical analysis and State consultation by questionnaire, evaluating the effectiveness of the cooperation shown by Governments in their responses and follow-up to official communications, country visit requests, as well as country visit reports and thematic reports transmitted by the Special Rapporteur, and
  • where appropriate, recommend effective measures to be taken by States in order for them to: (a) achieve the standard of “full cooperation” set by the Human Rights Council for their interaction with the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, and (b) meet their universally recognized legal obligations arising from the absolute and non-derogable prohibition of torture and ill-treatment.

Key questions and types of input sought

The report will be based on a comprehensive analysis of all information made available to the mandate including, most notably, the responses received from States to official communications, requests and reports, as well as the responses received from States to a Questionnaire aiming to systematize the required data through governmental reporting and self-evaluation. The report will cover the first four years of the current Special Rapporteur’s tenure (1 November 2016 until 31 October 2020) but, where available and specifically indicated, will also take into account systematized information made available by his predecessors through means such as their “Observations Reports on Communications”.

Download the questionnaire (Word)

How and where to submit inputs

Inputs may be sent via e-mail. All submissions must be received by 15 October 2020.

E-mail address
E-mail subject line
“State Consultation – SR torture report”
Postal address
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Word limit
Precise responses
File formats
Word, PDF
Accepted languages
English language – due to the absence of translation services

Treatment of inputs received

All submissions will be published on the mandate’s webpage. If the Government wish to share additional information that should not be made public, that submission should be made in a separate document clearly indicating such intent.