How to submit urgent actions?

How to submit a complaint

The following minimum information must be provided to all special procedures in order for the complaint to be assessed:

• Identification of the person(s) or organization(s) submitting the communication;
• The full name of the alleged victim(s), their age, sex, and place of residence or origin;
• Identification of as many details as possible (name, age, sex, place of residence or origin) in cases involving a group or community;
• Date and place of incident (approximate, if exact date is not known);
• A detailed description of the circumstances of the incident in which the alleged violation occurred;
• Identification of the alleged perpetrator(s), name(s) if known and/or title/function, and suspected motive;
• Where relevant, specify if steps have been taken at the national level (e.g. have police been contacted, are other national authorities involved, the position - if any - of the Government);
• Where relevant, specify if steps have been taken at the international level (e.g. if other international mechanisms have been activated).

It should be stressed that the identity of the source of information will be kept confidential. Cases of alleged human rights violations can be submitted either by providing the above-mentioned information or by completing the relevant questionnaire available on the : OHCHR website
The information or complaint form should be sent by fax to:
+41 22 917 90 06

by e-mail to: urgent-action@ohchr.org

or by postal mail to:
Quick Response Desk
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva
8-14 avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10


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