The United Nations Human Rights Council’s special rapporteurs and
representatives, independent experts and working groups – collectively known
as the Special Procedures – are among the most innovative, flexible and
responsive tools created by the UN to promote and protect human rights. They
cover various human rights issues which are of great concern to FI and its
members, such as the rights to education, to food, to health, the rights of
migrants and of minorities, freedom of religion, the right to be free from
torture, human trafficking, violence against women to mention just a few
examples. Some mandates also exercise scrutiny over the human rights
situation in certain countries. They have helped thousands of individuals
whose rights were violated or threatened.

The United Nations Human Rights Council is currently discussing changes
To the Special Procedures through a review, which must be completed by June

Despite the clear need for the Human Rights Council to strengthen the
Special Procedures, several states are instead proposing changes that would
cripple the ability of Special Procedures to promote and protect human
rights effectively. Those states are disregarding the harm that such
measures would do to the men, women and children whose human rights are
violated every day in all parts of the world, and who look to the Special
Procedures to intervene on their behalf and defend their rights.


Many of us believe that it is crucial to show these States and the
international community as a whole our strong support to these Procedures.
We call on all concerned to take action for the protection of the UN Special
Procedures by signing the petition, which can be found at: or visit



Prayer of the day in time for Good Friday 2007:
Christ yesterday and today,

the beginning and the end,

Alpha and Omega.

All time belongs to him

and all the ages.

May the light of Christ, rising in glory,

dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.