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Independent expert on Minority issues

 

Special Procedures

 

 

 

Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

Groups discriminated against and exposed to higher risks E/CN.4/2004/9 (paras. 106, 111)

In her 1999 Report, the Special Rapporteur reported on receiving "information that children of minority races in Myanmar were being given sweets laced with mind altering drugs and sleeping pills by government soldiers. These children are then allegedly taken on military trucks to China where their organs, including their liver, kidney, heart and eyes, are used in transplant operations. E/CN.4/1999/71 (para. 86)

Working Group on arbitrary detention

The Working Group noted "with great concern that in numerous countries certain ethnic or social groups are grossly over-represented among the prison population. These are often groups that are particularly vulnerable, either as a result of past or current discrimination (racial minorities, indigenous people) or because they are otherwise marginalized, such as those affected by mental disability or substance abuse, or - all too often - on both accounts. The over-representation of these groups has complex roots and cannot be redressed overnight.
However, actual discrimination and de facto inequality, such as “racial profiling” in law
enforcement, as well as insufficient steps to protect and enforce social and economic rights of the members of these vulnerable groups, significantly contribute to their over-representation in the penal system." E/CN.4/2006/7 (para. 65)

"As in previous years, the Working Group was informed of the detention of persons who had acted in defence of the rights of these minorities. The Group issued Opinion 11/2001 (Viet Nam) declaring arbitrary the detention of Thich Huyen Quang, an 83-year-old Buddhist monk, human rights defender and Patriarch of the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Viet Nam, who has, since 1982, remained under house arrest. The Group also considered the detention of Mr Gebisha Lemessa, defender of the Oromo ethnic minority in Ethiopia." E/CN.4/2002/77 (para. 43)

"As in previous years, the Working Group was informed of the detention of persons who had acted in defence of the rights of ethnic minorities. It issued an urgent appeal to the Government of Ethiopia on 9 May 2000 in respect of 22 members of the Oromi minority, who were detained in different towns of the Oromi region in March and April 2000. The Group further issued an urgent appeal on behalf of eight members of the Ogoni minority in Nigeria, who were arrested on 11 and 13 April 2000 at K-Dere village." E/CN.4/2001/14 (para. 78)

"The Group was informed of the detention of persons who had acted in defence of ethnic minorities (José Olo Obono, in Equatorial Guinea (Opinion No. 22/1999)) and of activists claiming the right to autonomy and self-determination of the minorities to which they belong (in Indonesia (Opinion No. 11/1999) and in Ethiopia (Opinion No. 18/1999)); all of these cases were considered by the Group to be arbitrary.
In its report on the mission to Indonesia, the Group indicates that it learnt of other cases of deprivation of liberty arising from claims for recognition of the rights of minorities. They concerned persons detained in 1998 for having symbolically raised flags representing the minorities in Wamena, Jayapura, on the island of Biok and in Sorong (Irian Jaya). All of these arrests were considered to be arbitrary by the Group, as falling within category II." E/CN.4/2000/4 (paras.62-63)

Special Rapporteur on the right to education

The right to education of persons belonging to minorities E/CN.4/2005/50 (paras. 98-101)

Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

Violations of the right to life of persons belonging to national, ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities E/CN.4/2004/7 (paras. 74-76)

Violations of the right to life of persons belonging to national, ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities E/CN.4/2003/3 (paras.62-64)

Violations of the right to life of persons belonging to national, ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities E/CN.4/2002/74 (paras. 55-56)

Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression

  • Trends (paras. 41-42)
  • The internet (para. 68);
  • Broadcasting (para. 82); E/CN.4/2002/75

Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: framework for communications- Annex- E/CN.4/2006/5

Human rights violations committed because of religion or belief (paras. 38- 44) E/CN.4/2005/61

Special Rapporteur on health

Available, accessible, acceptable and good quality health care E/CN.4/2005/51 (para.46)

Special Rapporteur on adequate housing

Impact of forced evictions-Groups in focus- E/CN.4/2004/48 (paras.38- 79)
Mission to Romania E/CN.4/2003/5/Add.2
Mission to Mexico E/CN.4/2003/5/Add.3
Mission to Iran E/CN.4/2006/41/Add.2

Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people

Country visits

Education and culture (paras. 42, 43, 50) A/59/258

Representative of the Secretary-General on internally displaced persons

Report of the former Representative of the Secretary-General on internally displaced persons, Francis M. Deng, on the Inter-Governmental Conference on internal displacement in the Americas (Mexico City, 18-20 February, 2004) E/CN.4/2005/124

Special Rapporteur on migrants

Racism, xenophobia and discrimination directed against immigrants (paras. 29, 34) E/CN.4/2005/85

Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

Expressions and characteristics of the resurgence of racism
Political normalization and exploitation (para.8)
The resurgence of racist violence among neo-Nazi groups (para.13)
E/CN.4/2006/54

Special Rapporteur on torture

Mission to China E/CN.4/2006/6/Add.6 (pg. 18,48, 52)

Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

The Due Diligence Standard as a Tool for the Elimination of Violence against Women E/CN.4/2006/61 (paras. 64, 85)

Mission to Mexico E/CN.4/2006/61/Add.4 (para.61)

Violence related to commercial sexual exploitation of women E/CN.4/2005/72 (paras.48-49)

International, regional and national developments in the area of violence against women E/CN.4/2003/75/Add.1

 

 

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