Thematic and Resolution-Based Reports
Thematic reports document the Special Rapporteur’s findings on particular topics and provide guidance and recommendations for UN member States, civil society organizations and other stakeholders. The Special Rapporteur’s mandate requires her to submit an annual thematic report to the Human Rights Council and an annual thematic report to the General Assembly. Since 2012, General Assembly resolutions have also required the Special Rapporteur to issue annual reports on combatting the glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
Country Visit Reports
The Special Rapporteur undertakes two fact-finding country visits each year. These visits provide her an opportunity to examine manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance on the ground; to engage with various stakeholders; and to highlight good practices. The Special Rapporteur shares preliminary observations and recommendations at the conclusion of her visits and publishes final observations and recommendations in country visit reports.
Communications and Interventions
The Special Rapporteur is mandated to take action on allegations of human rights violations relating to contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Based on the information received from various relevant and credible sources, the Special Rapporteur intervenes by sending letters – known as “communications” – to Governments and other relevant stakeholders. Although not all of the Special Rapporteur’s communications alleging violations of human rights can be immediately public, she is able to publish comments her comments on national bills/laws, regulations, policies and practices without delay.
Amicus Briefs and Interventions
The Special Rapporteur is occasionally able to make amicus briefs and third party interventions — written submissions to domestic, regional and international courts. Through these written submissions, the Special Rapporteur aims to assist courts as they consider cases concerning novel legal issues at the intersection of international human rights law and contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.
How to contact the Special Rapporteur
E. Tendayi Achiume
Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Fax: +41 22 917 9006
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