United Nations General Assembly
A/HRC/24/NGO/39– as submitted – official version to be published by OHCHR

Human Rights Council
Twenty-fourth session
Agenda item 5
Human rights bodies and mechanisms

Joint written statement submitted by International Service for Human Rights, Action Canada for Population  and Development, Amnesty International, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) Asociación Civil, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Conectas Direitos Humanos, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, Groupe des ONG pour la Convention relative aux droits de l’enfant, Human Rights House Foundation, International Commission of Jurists, International Federation for Human Rights Leagues, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, World Organisation Against Torture, non-governmental organizations in special consultative status, CIVICUS – World Alliance for Citizen Participation, non-governmental organizations in general consultative status.

The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and Amnesty International submit this joint written statement on behalf of the signatories. The signatory organisations call on Governments, NGOs and others, including relevant professional networks, to use this checklist to identify eligible candidates for the upcoming vacancy for the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. We urge Governments to consult civil society and to disseminate the vacancy widely, eg. through media advertisement, so as to encourage candidates to apply for this vacancy. All applicants must submit an application for each specific mandate through the OHCHR online application system, available at http://bit.ly/1aUbKJ0 from early September 2013. OHCHR prepares a public list of candidates who applied for each vacancy. Prospective mandate holders should be aware that this is a voluntary, unpaid role. They would not receive salary or other financial compensation, except for travel expenses and daily subsistence allowance of ‘experts on mission’. It will require a substantial time commitment from the individual, including readiness to travel and respond to urgent situations, as explained in the checklist.

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies African Democracy Forum Alkarama Foundation Arc International Coalition of African Lesbians Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights Nazra for Feminist Studies Peace Brigades International Protection International West African Human Rights Defenders Network NGO(s) without consultative status, also share the views expressed in this statement.