Special Procedures is the general name given to the mechanisms of the Human Rights Council to address specific country situations or thematic issues. There are currently more than 30 thematic and 8 country mandates.
The Human Rights Council can assign a Special Procedures mandate to either an individual (special rapporteur, representative or independent expert) or a working group. Special Procedures mandate holders examine, monitor, advise and publicly report on human rights situations. Activities may include responding to individual complaints, conducting studies, making country visits, and engaging in general education and promotional activities. Special Procedures mandate holders do not receive financial compensation, but are supported in their work by staff of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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