I am pleased to welcome you to the online platform of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers. This mandate was established in 1994 by the United Nations’ Commission on Human Rights, in its resolution 1994/41.

Given the frequency of attacks on the independence of judges, lawyers and court officials, the United Nations decided to appoint, for a period of three years, a Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers. Like other Special Procedures, this mandate was assumed by the Human Rights Council (General Assembly resolution 60/251), and extended for one year, subject to the review to be undertaken by the Council (Human Rights Council decision 2006/102).

In this platform, you will be able to access information on ways and means I have identified to improve judicial systems around the world, and concrete recommendations I have made before the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council.

This platform also makes available various proposals and initiatives on important and topical questions of principle to protect and enhance the independence of the judiciary and lawyers and court officials, such as the one I have presented in my Reports before the United Nations. Furthermore, this website also pursues to serve as a public education platform for accessing various resources and links to organizations —public and private, highly related to the work of the Special Rapporteur.
I am glad you are visiting this website, and invite you to visit it regularly. I also cherish your feedback and comments through “Contact Rapporteur” section.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Diego García-Sayán

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers
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