Special Procedures

Explore the purpose and mandates of the Special Procedures and how you can work with them to strengthen your advocacy

Understanding the Special Procedures

Introduction

Overview of what you will learn in this module

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The Basics

An introduction to the Special Procedures, the UN’s independent human rights experts assigned to investigate and report on the situation of human rights around the world

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What can the Special Procedures do for you?

Explore the various ways the Special Procedures can support your advocacy

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What the Special Procedures can / cannot do – Quiz!

Gain a deeper understanding of the Special Procedures through our quiz

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Communications – What do the Special Procedures do?

Understand the nature and purpose of ‘communications’ from the Special Procedures

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Statements and press releases – What do the Special Procedures do?

Explore the formal ways that Special Procedures speak out publicly

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Country visits – What do the Special Procedures do?

Learn when and how Special Procedures can go on missions to specific countries

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Thematic reports – What do the Special Procedures do?

Understand how Special Procedures can examine a specific issue in depth through their reports

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Follow-up – What do the Special Procedures do?

Examine the ways that Special Procedures follow-up on their own actions to push for change

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The Role of OHCHR

Find out about the crucial role of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the work of the Special Procedures

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Why should you engage with the Special Procedures?

Reflect on whether the Special Procedures are the right tools to help you achieve your advocacy goals

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Quiz! – Understanding the Special Procedures

Bring it all together and see what you’ve learnt!

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Special Procedures: Going Deeper

How Special Procedures are nominated and appointed

Gain a deeper understanding of how individual mandate holders are selected to become Special Procedures

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Your opportunities to engage

Introduction

Overview of how you can work with the Special Procedures, depending on what you want to achieve

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Managing expectations

Remind yourself of what you need to invest to get the biggest impact out of the Special Procedures

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Communications – Why are they useful?

Explore in more detail the nature and role of communications sent by Special Procedures

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Requesting a communication

Understand the steps to take to request a communication from a Special Procedure

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Statements and press releases – Why are they useful?

Discover why public statements by Special Procedures are essential to increase the impact of experts’ actions

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Pushing for statements and press releases

Learn how to push for a public statement or press release and use them for greater impact

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Country visits – Why are they useful?

Understand the potential impact of a visit to your country by a Special Procedure

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Obtaining a country visit

Know what you can do to engage with a country visit by a Special Procedure

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Thematic reports – Why are they useful?

Explore whether a thematic report by a Special Procedure would be useful for your advocacy

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Influencing thematic reports

Understand the steps you need to take to shape thematic reports

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Following up with Special Procedures

Explore how you can follow up on the actions of the Special Procedures

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Working from home

Discover the different ways you can engage with Special Procedures without travelling to Geneva

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Quiz! – Opportunities to engage with the Special Procedures

Reflect on what you have learnt and take the quiz!

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Scenario! – Opportunities to engage with the Special Procedures

Apply your new skills to an actual scenario

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Feedback on the module

Share your thoughts on this module about the Special Procedures

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