Reports on freedom of religion or belief by the UN Special Rappoteur

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The United Nations Special Rapporteurs are independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council. They are mandated to investigate and report on issues of particular concern relating to countries and thematic human rights issues. Special Rapporteurs report directly to the human rights council, usually on an annual basis. They also have the ability to make official country visits. These visits are by invitation and are usually to investigate particular issues within a country, to provide best practise and recommendations to the state government.

In 2010, Mr. Heiner Bielefeldt assumed his mandate as Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. Reports he and his predecessors who have held the post have published on a range of religious freedom issues and country visit reports can be found on the following links:

Annual Reports:

Country visits:


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