Please, read the general remarks about the special procedures first.
The Group, composed of independent experts, will consider a certain detention to be arbitrary if the legal situation can be associated to one of the following categories:
The Group is generally called up by the inquiries submitted by the directly concerned persons, their families or representatives or NGOs operating in the field of human rights but also by governments or intergovernmental organizations.
In a next step, the group submits the inquiry to the concerned government and invites it to present within 90 days its comments and observations on the allegations, the facts and the applicable legal system and to present the progress and results of the ordered investigations.
In a third step, the claimant has the possibility to comment on the government’s response.
Finally, the Group gives its opinion and recommendations and submits them to the government. Three weeks after this notification, the opinion is also submitted to the claimant for information.
The opinions are published in an annex to the report presented to the Human Rights Council on one of its annual meetings.
It is possible to use a model questionnaire to submit an inquiry to the working group on arbitrary detention:
The inquiry should be directed to the following address:
Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
c/o Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Fax: +41 22 917 90 06
For more information visit: www.ohchr.org/documents/publications/FactSheet26en.pdf