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Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

Introduction



(Agnes Callamard)

The Commission on Human Rights, in its resolution 1992/72, renewed the mandate of the Special Rapporteur and widened the title of the mandate to include "extrajudicial" as well as "summary or arbitrary" executions. This change indicates that the members of the Commission have adopted a broader approach to the mandate on executions to include all violations of the right to life as guaranteed by a large number of international human rights instruments.

In its latest resolution 35/15 on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions of 22 June 2017, the Human Rights Council renewed the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for another three years.

The mandate of the Special Rapporteur covers all countries, irrespective of whether a State has ratified relevant international Conventions.

For more information about the mandate, including its methods of work, see: overview of the mandate.

Latest reports

Targeted killings through armed drones and the case of Iranian General Quassem Soleimani A/HRC/44/38

Application of the death penalty to foreign nationals and the provision of consular assistance by the home State A/74/318

Investigation into the unlawful death of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi A/HRC/41/36

Saving lives is not a crime: report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions A/73/314

Armed non-State actors: the protection of the right to life: report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions A/HRC/38/44 Advance Unedited Version

Latest country visits

Country visit of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to El Salvador, 25 January to 5 February 2018.  Report: A/HRC/38/44/Add.2


Country visit of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to Iraq, 14 to 23 November 2017. Report: A/HRC/38/44/Add.1

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Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the draft resolution on the financing of terrorism to be adopted by the United Nations Security Council

Statement delivered by the Special Rapporteur on the occasion of the conference “The Real Score: A National conference on Upholding Life, Dignity and Justice”, held in Manila, Philippines, on 6 December 2018

Comments Regarding the Persecutory Grounds in the Draft Crimes Against Humanity Convention

Comments Regarding the Definition of Gender in the Draft Crimes Against Humanity Convention

Call for submissions on official visit to Mozambique (dates pending confirmation)

Call for input to the next thematic report to the HRC

Call for submissions on official visit to the Federal Republic of Nigeria (dates pending confirmation)

20 November 2018 - Joint letter to the United Nations Secretary-General calling for an international investigation of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Special Rapporteur

Ms. Agnes Callamard
(France),
since 1st August 2016

Former Special Rapporteurs

Mr. Christof Heyns
(South Africa),
August 2010 - July 2016

Mr. Philip Alston
(Australia),
August 2004 – July 2010

Ms. Asma Jahangir
(Pakistan),
1998-July 2004

Mr. Bacre Waly Ndiaye
(Senegal),
1992-1998

Mr. S. Amos Wako
(Kenya),
1982-1992