Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is a UN-mandated body of independent human rights experts that investigates cases of arbitrary arrest and detention that may be in violation of international human rights law.

It was established in 1991 by the former Commission on Human Rights as one of the "Special Procedures" created to monitor human rights violations, and is currently under the purview of the UN Human Rights Council.

After verifying information from a variety of sources, including non-governmental organisations, inter-governmental agencies and victims' families, the Working Group sends urgent appeals to governments to ascertain the whereabouts and condition of those allegedly detained. It can also conduct fact-finding visits to countries that have extended an invitation to the Working Group.

The Working Group is made up of highly respected human rights experts who are chosen for their expertise in legal matters and for their independence.


The current members of the Working Group are:

* Leila Zerrougui, Chair (2001- )
* Manuela Carmena Castrillo (2003- )
* Soledad Villagra de Biedermann (2000- )
* Tamás Ban (2001- )
* Seyed Mohammad Hashemi (2002- )

External links

* [ Official website]

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