Humanitarian aid workers, representing the international community’s solidarity between people, need further protection to continue to deliver help. This is the reason why we call on the United Nations to create a Special Rapporteur for the protection of humanitarian aid workers.
In charge of investigations on violations, and able to intervene on specific issues or in emergency situations, the Special Rapporteurs play a leading role in protecting human rights. Appointed for six years, Special Rapporteurs are independent and are not paid.
Special Rapporteurs can use an emergency procedure allowing them to speak to the highest governmental authorities. They conduct their investigations in the concerned countries, negotiating with the authorities and victims, and collect evidences. Their reports are made public, which helps to publicize violations and governments’ responsibilities to protect and respect human rights.