Special Procedures

“The special procedures of the Human Rights Council are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. The system of Special Procedures is a central element of the United Nations human rights machinery and covers all human rights: civil, cultural, economic, political, and social.” (From OHCHR | Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council)

When significant human rights concerns arise in a country or in relation to a specific issue, the Human Rights Council the power to create a ‘Special Procedure’, with the aim of monitoring the implementation of human rights in relation to this specific country or issue. A Special Procedure can either be formed as a Working Group, or as an individual (ie, Special Rapporteur or Independent Expert). The mandate of any Special Procedure is threefold:

Annual thematic reports: They assess important and topical questions within the scope of their mandate and publish annual thematic reports containing recommendations to states. Special procedures report annually to the Human Rights Council. The majority of the mandates also report to the General Assembly.

Individual complaints and communications: They are competent to receive individual complaints and issue communications in order to ‘inquire into any substantial allegations transmitted to him or her and report his or her conclusions thereon’.

Country visits: They assess the implementation of human rights within the scope of their mandate.

Communications on Tibet

OHCHR Statements on Tibet

Statements by the High Commissioner

Assaulting Identity: China’s New Coercive Strategies in Tibet’
In a new 46 page report published today (22 March), ‘Assaulting Identity: China’s New Coercive Strategies in Tibet’ [1], Tibet
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UNPRECEDENTED CALL BY UNITED NATIONS EXPERTS: CHINA MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN TIBET  TIBET ADVOCACY COALITION
10 July 2020 - The following is the statement delivered at the 44th session of the HRC in Geneva, by
10 July, 2020 – Tenzin Jigdal, from the International Tibet Network, speaking on Tibet for The Nonviolent Radical Transnational and
UN Human Rights experts
GENEVA (26 June 2020) – UN independent experts have repeatedly communicated with the Government of the People’s Republic of China
UN Human Rights experts
GENEVA (19 May 2020) – UN human rights experts* have called on China to lift charges against a Tibetan minority
A-Nya Sengdra
For immediate release: 19 May 2020 UN EXPERTS CALL ON CHINA TO RELEASE TIBETAN NOMAD AND ENVIRONMENT ACTIVIST, A-NYA SENDGRA
UN Geneva: China Dismisses Key Human Rights Recommendations on Tibet
UN GENEVA: CHINA DISMISSES KEY HUMAN RIGHTS RECOMMENDATIONS ON TIBET Campaigners express shock at China’s claim to have “accepted and
13 States criticise China’s abuses in Tibet at the UN Human Rights Council  [1] Diplomatic support for Tibet [2] increased at the
UN Human Rights experts
GENEVA (13 August 2018) - The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination today concluded its consideration of the combined
UN Human Rights experts
GENEVA (7 August 2018) - The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination this morning held an informal meeting with
Ambassador Haley Listens on as Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks to the Press on the UN Human Rights Council
Tibet Advocacy Coalition regrets US withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council, expressing fear that China’s bullying will prevail Contacts:Urgyen Badheytsang,
UN Human Rights experts
GENEVA (6 June 2018) – UN human rights experts have condemned a five-year jail sentence handed to Mr. Tashi Wangchuk
UN office of the High Commissioner
37th session of the Human Rights CouncilItem 2: Annual Report and Oral Update by the High Commissioner for Human Rights
UN Human Rights experts
GENEVA (21 February 2018) – UN human rights experts* expressed serious concern over the ruling by a Chinese court to
UN office of the High Commissioner
GENEVA, 11 September 2017 Distinguished President of the Council,Excellencies, Colleagues,Friends, As I enter the final year of my current mandate –
UN office of the High Commissioner
Item 2: Annual Report and Oral Update to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council 8 March 2017 Distinguished
Larung Gar
Severe human rights restrictions in Tibet spark high level concern from United Nations rights experts. China to account for mass
UN office of the High Commissioner
13 September 2016 Mr President,Director-General,Excellencies,Colleagues and Friends, I am honoured to address this first session of the Council's second decade.
United Nations: China Raise False Information about Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s Death
Press Release: 18 November 2015[For Immediate Release] United Nations: China Raise False Information about Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s Death Tibet, Uyghur and Southern
Tibetan, Uyghur and Southern Mongolian activists raise extreme concern for China’s worsening crackdown on human rights
Press Release: 16 November 2015[For Immediate Release] Tibetan, Uyghur and Southern Mongolian activists raise extreme concern for China’s worsening crackdown
new human rights action plan
Press Release 23 September 2014 For Immediate Release Contacts:  Pema Dolma, Students for a Free Tibet, German/English: +41 764331614 Iona
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Tibet Advocacy Coalition (Tibet Justice Center, Students for a Free Tibet, International Tibet Network) Thursday 19 June, UN Geneva Calling
One million stand for Tibet
Joint Press Statement, for immediate release 12 November 2013High Resolution Photos & Video available: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oj1zzswcwe6l67n/ne-1s55XrU 1 million stand for Tibet

Statements by UN experts

Assaulting Identity: China’s New Coercive Strategies in Tibet’
In a new 46 page report published today (22 March), ‘Assaulting Identity: China’s New Coercive Strategies in Tibet’ [1], Tibet
United Nations Flag
UNPRECEDENTED CALL BY UNITED NATIONS EXPERTS: CHINA MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN TIBET  TIBET ADVOCACY COALITION
10 July 2020 - The following is the statement delivered at the 44th session of the HRC in Geneva, by
10 July, 2020 – Tenzin Jigdal, from the International Tibet Network, speaking on Tibet for The Nonviolent Radical Transnational and
UN Human Rights experts
GENEVA (26 June 2020) – UN independent experts have repeatedly communicated with the Government of the People’s Republic of China
UN Human Rights experts
GENEVA (19 May 2020) – UN human rights experts* have called on China to lift charges against a Tibetan minority
A-Nya Sengdra
For immediate release: 19 May 2020 UN EXPERTS CALL ON CHINA TO RELEASE TIBETAN NOMAD AND ENVIRONMENT ACTIVIST, A-NYA SENDGRA
UN Geneva: China Dismisses Key Human Rights Recommendations on Tibet
UN GENEVA: CHINA DISMISSES KEY HUMAN RIGHTS RECOMMENDATIONS ON TIBET Campaigners express shock at China’s claim to have “accepted and
13 States criticise China’s abuses in Tibet at the UN Human Rights Council  [1] Diplomatic support for Tibet [2] increased at the
UN Human Rights experts
GENEVA (13 August 2018) - The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination today concluded its consideration of the combined
UN Human Rights experts
GENEVA (7 August 2018) - The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination this morning held an informal meeting with
Ambassador Haley Listens on as Secretary Pompeo Delivers Remarks to the Press on the UN Human Rights Council
Tibet Advocacy Coalition regrets US withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council, expressing fear that China’s bullying will prevail Contacts:Urgyen Badheytsang,
UN Human Rights experts
GENEVA (6 June 2018) – UN human rights experts have condemned a five-year jail sentence handed to Mr. Tashi Wangchuk
UN office of the High Commissioner
37th session of the Human Rights CouncilItem 2: Annual Report and Oral Update by the High Commissioner for Human Rights
UN Human Rights experts
GENEVA (21 February 2018) – UN human rights experts* expressed serious concern over the ruling by a Chinese court to
UN office of the High Commissioner
GENEVA, 11 September 2017 Distinguished President of the Council,Excellencies, Colleagues,Friends, As I enter the final year of my current mandate –
UN office of the High Commissioner
Item 2: Annual Report and Oral Update to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council 8 March 2017 Distinguished
Larung Gar
Severe human rights restrictions in Tibet spark high level concern from United Nations rights experts. China to account for mass
UN office of the High Commissioner
13 September 2016 Mr President,Director-General,Excellencies,Colleagues and Friends, I am honoured to address this first session of the Council's second decade.
United Nations: China Raise False Information about Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s Death
Press Release: 18 November 2015[For Immediate Release] United Nations: China Raise False Information about Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s Death Tibet, Uyghur and Southern
Tibetan, Uyghur and Southern Mongolian activists raise extreme concern for China’s worsening crackdown on human rights
Press Release: 16 November 2015[For Immediate Release] Tibetan, Uyghur and Southern Mongolian activists raise extreme concern for China’s worsening crackdown
new human rights action plan
Press Release 23 September 2014 For Immediate Release Contacts:  Pema Dolma, Students for a Free Tibet, German/English: +41 764331614 Iona
United Nations Flag
Tibet Advocacy Coalition (Tibet Justice Center, Students for a Free Tibet, International Tibet Network) Thursday 19 June, UN Geneva Calling
One million stand for Tibet
Joint Press Statement, for immediate release 12 November 2013High Resolution Photos & Video available: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oj1zzswcwe6l67n/ne-1s55XrU 1 million stand for Tibet