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Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

Please, read the general remarks about the special procedures first.

Rights and Intended Situation

This special procedure aims at situations of violence against women.

Implementation of the Procedure

One of the mandates of the Special Rapporteur is to collect information on violence against women. He can submit alleged cases of violence against women to States.

The complaint must at least contain the following information:

  • Identity of the person(s) or organization(s) submitting the inquiry;
  • Full name, age, sex and place of residence or origin of the supposed victim;
  • Indication of as many details as possible (name, age, sex and place of residence or origin) if it refers to a group or community;
  • Date and place of the incident (approximately, if the exact date is unknown)
  • Detailed description of the circumstances of the incident under which the presumed violation took place;
  • Identity of the suspect(s) (name if known, title/position, presumed motivation);
  • As the case may be, measures taken at the national level (for example, if the police had been informed, in case that other national authorities are involved, as well as a possible position of the government);
  • As the case may be, measures taken at the international level (for example, if other mechanisms have been called up)

A model questionnaire can be found under:

Every person in a corresponding situation can submit an inquiry to the following address:

Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva
1211 Geneva 10
Fax : +41 22 917 90 06
E-mail : urgent-action(at)

Last change: 18.12.08 - 11:06