You can engage with Special Procedures in all areas of their work – communications, statements and press releases, country visits, and thematic reports - and by following up on Special Procedures’ actions.
This and the next section focus on:
Special Procedures use their thematic reports to examine an aspect of their mandate in greater depth, to consolidate developments in international human rights law, and to make recommendations to a wide variety of actors.
As a human rights defender, you can help shape the contents of these reports to make them as useful as possible for your own advocacy.
Below you'll find questions to help you consider why thematic reports might be useful to your advocacy, followed by some examples of how other human rights defenders have done so.
For more information on what they are, see ISHR Academy: Thematic reports – What do the Special Procedures do?
A thematic report offers the opportunity to:
As a result of the risks faced by human rights defenders from Côte d’Ivoire, civil society there sought to introduce a national law on the protection of human rights defenders.
No such law existed in Africa, and they were able to draw on recommendations, thematic reports and advice from Special Procedures to strengthen their campaign. The law was subsequently enacted in 2014.
Continue to the next section for tips on how to influence the content of thematic reports.