oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - Interview with the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona : interview
Could you tell us more about the nature of your mandate?
My role is part of one of the so-called 'United Nations special procedures'. Special procedures is the general name given to the mechanisms established by the Commission on Human Rights and assumed by the Human Rights Council to address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special procedures are human rights monitoring mechanisms endorsed to individual experts called 'Special Rapporteurs', 'Independent Experts' or 'Working Groups', whose common mandate is the investigation and reporting of human rights situations either in a specific territory (country mandates) or with regard to a phenomenon of violations (thematic mandates).
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