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Refugee and Asylum Law Research Guide: Reports

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Charter-based Bodies of the United Nations

Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council

Special Procedures is a mechanism under the Human Rights Council that examines, monitors, advises and publicly reports on human rights situations in specific countries (country mandates), or on major phenomena of human rights violations worldwide (thematic mandates). Responsibility for a special procedures mechanism can fall to either an individual (Special Rapporteur) or to a working group. Use the information tools below to search for reports of the Special Procedures.

Universal Periodic Review

Started in April 2008, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years.  Under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, reviews are conducted by the UPR Working Group. Documents on which the reviews are based include: a “national report” by the State under review and reports of independent human rights experts and groups.A fact sheet on this process is available here. Use the tools below to search for UPR reports.

Treaty-based Bodies of the United Nations

Locate the State Reports and Concluding Observations from the sites below.

United States Reports

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