This website is now an archive. Leilani Farha’s tenure as UN Special Rapporteur ended on April 30th, 2020. You can follow her work in her new role as Global Director of The Shift at

Special Rapporteurs can send official communications to governments or other actors in response to specific allegations of rights violations. This process can help to draw attention to alleged violations, open a dialogue with government, ask that the violations are prevented/stopped, and will be reported to the UN Human Rights Council.