The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association produces a range of public reports that are presented to the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council. These reports document the Special Rapporteur’s findings and provide guidance and recommendations for UN member states, civil society organizations and others. On this website, the Special Rapporteur’s reports are categorized as follows:
These reports focus on a particular thematic issue surrounding the mandate – such as freedom of assembly and association in the context of elections – and contain substantive research on that issue, along with recommendations. Thematic reports can be presented before the UN General Assembly in New York or the Human Rights Council in Geneva, and are available to the public, typically in all six official UN languages.
Country reports are produced by the Special Rapporteur after conducting a fact-finding mission to a UN member state. These report assess the health of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in that particular country and provide recommendations to the government on how to improve the situation. These reports are initially shared with the concerned government, and later made public and presented before the UN General Assembly or Human Rights Council. The government is invited to issue a written response to the report, which is also made public. The Special Rapporteur may then issue follow-up reports at a later date. Country Visit Reports are not always translated into all six official UN languages.
In 2015, the Special Rapporteur published his first independent annual report, summarizing the previous year’s events from the perspective of assembly and association rights. This series of reports, which serve as both a first draft of history and yearbook of the mandate’s activities, are released once a year in January. Funding for the production of the Special Rapporteur’s annual reports is provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They are not published by the United Nations, and their content does not reflect the official position of the United Nations.
This section of the website contains communications and observation reports, which are a summary of complaints that the mandate has received regarding violations of assembly and association rights across the world. Communications reports summarize allegation letters and other communications sent to governments regarding these complaints, the response received from the government, if any, and the Special Rapporteur’s own observations.
Communications reports do not contain the original allegation letters and government responses, but these documents can be viewed by clicking on the hyperlinks embedded in the document.
In this section, you can find the original communications reports (which are published by the United Nations once per year and contain communications to all Member States during the year) and pages which contain communications to specific Member States.
Observation reports and communications are typically not translated.
Reports can also be accessed via the search function at the top-right corner, and via our “browse by country” page, which contains all documents – news and reports – categorized by UN member state.