SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR TO ADDRESS UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

On 18 and 19 June 2015, Mr. Christof Heyns, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, will participate in the 29th session of the United Nations Mr Juan MendezHuman Rights Council. He will present his latest activities and country-specific and thematic reports and conduct an interactive dialogue with State Delegations and NGOs.

The Special Rapporteur conducted an official visit to The Gambia from 3 to 7 November 2014 which was aborted when he was denied unrestricted and unsupervised access to places of detention.
The report presents his main findings on issues such as the imposition of the death penalty, the resumption of executions, the use of force by law enforcement agencies, impunity for extrajudicial executions, the use of force during demonstrations, lack of accountability for human rights violations, groups at risk and fear of reprisals. It proposes recommendations to the Government, the international community and civil society to prevent unlawful killings and ensure better protection of the right to life.

Foroyaa will serialize the full report after it has been presented to the Human Rights Council.

In March this year the special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Mr Juan E Mendez, addressed the human rights council in Geneva.