This section provides information on how you can push for a statement or press release, and how you can use these public statements of a Special Procedure for greater impact.
It follows from the last section on Statements and press releases – Why are they useful?
There are a number of ways in which you can engage with Special Procedures to encourage them to make statements and press releases that support your advocacy. Most often you will push for Special Procedures to:
Sometimes a press release is crucial for a communication to have the greatest impact and for you to be able to get the most media attention. However, because of the limited resources of the Special Procedures, they do not issue a press release connected to every communication that they send.
If you are seeking a press release, when you submit the information for a communication, you should also explain to the Special Procedures why a public statement is so important – why it would make a difference. The more concrete the reasons, the more convincing it will be.
You can also engage with the Special Procedures to encourage them to make a statement to mark a particular event or anniversary, or to make a particular reference in a statement that they are already planning.
There are often international ‘days’ that connect with the issues covered by a particular Special Procedure that you can use as a ‘hook’ (for example International Human Rights Day is a day when the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders is very likely to make a statement).
This will be most effective if you have built up a relationship with a mandate holder over time, they are familiar with the issue and its importance, and if you have contacted them well in advance of the event.
Finally, Special Procedures are increasingly innovative in their public statements and if you have a good idea of how to use their support to further your advocacy, you should contact them!
Some ways that defenders have involved the Special Procedures in the past are:
spare a thought over the holidays for the artists around the world detained or punished merely for the content of their expression. you might start here. #Egypt should #FreeGalal https://t.co/CduPLk4Nun— David Kaye (@davidakaye) December 28, 2018
Excellent publication. A must read! https://t.co/wDuJlWwr0h— Michel Forst SR HRD (@ForstMichel) December 14, 2018
I'm pleased to have had the chance to view @northernsouldoc, which shows the dignity, compassion, and commitment of its protagonist, and the real Britain of resilience and community. It airs Sunday on @BBCTwo at 10pm. pic.twitter.com/vuxfICTVPd— Philip Alston (@Alston_UNSR) November 17, 2018
Nearly 600 people who were living in #Homelessness died last year in England & Wales.— SR Adequate Housing (@adequatehousing) December 20, 2018
Where is the outrage?
We can no longer accept the unacceptable. Governments must accept that this is a matter of life and death & realize the #Right2Housing for all.https://t.co/v5fejEdVih
Today is #HumanRightsDay Day. It is exactly 70 years since the #UnitedNations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is often forgotten, by both governments and individuals, that #housing is a human right. @leilanifarha @adequatehousing pic.twitter.com/oUEBX9RtBN— Push (@Push_TheFilm) December 10, 2018
2018 marks the 20th anniv. of the #UN Declaration on #HRDs. That’s why I’m announcing today the launch of a new campaign celebrating and encouraging those who promote human rights everywhere. Help spread the word & join the ranks of HRDs! https://t.co/00mu8eGbDG #TogetherWeDefend— Michel Forst SR HRD (@ForstMichel) December 21, 2018
See the next sections on how you can engage in other actions of Special Procedures, including Country Visits, Thematic Reports, and Follow up Activities.