Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Name of person/organization:
Date of birth:
Ethnic background (if relevant):
Date: Time: Location/country:
Number of assailants:
Are the assailant(s) known to the victim?
Description of the assailant(s) (include any identifiable features):
Description of the incident:
Does the victim believe she was specifically targeted because of gender? If yes, why?
Has the incident been reported to the relevant State authorities?
If so, which authorities and when?
Actions taken by the authorities after the incident:
Were there any witnesses?
PLEASE RETURN TO THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
1211 GENEVA 10, SWITZERLAND
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MODEL QUESTIONNAIRE TO BE COMPLETED BY PERSONS ALLEGING ARBITRARY ARREST OR DETENTION
I. Identity of the person arrested or detained
1. Family name:
2. First name:
3. Sex: (Male) (Female)
4. Birth date or age (at the time of detention):
6. (a) Identity document (if any):
(b) Issued by:
(c) On (date):
7. Profession and/or activity (if believed to be relevant to the arrest/detention):
8. Address of usual residence:
1. Date of arrest:
2. Place of arrest (as detailed as possible):
3. Forces who carried out the arrest or are believed to have carried it out:
4. Did they show a warrant or other decision by a public authority?
5. Authority who issued the warrant or decision:
6. Relevant legislation applied (if known):
1. Date of detention:
2. Duration of detention (if not known, probable duration):
3. Forces holding the detainee under custody:
4. Places of detention (indicate any transfer and present place of detention):
5. Authorities that ordered the detention:
6. Reasons for the detention imputed by the authorities:
7. Relevant legislation applied (if known):
IV. Describe the circumstances of the arrest and/or the detention and indicate precise reasons why you consider the arrest or detention to be arbitrary:
V. Indicate internal steps, including domestic remedies, taken especially with the legal and administrative authorities, particularly for the purpose of establishing the detention and, as appropriate, their results or the reasons why such steps or remedies were ineffective or why they were not taken:
VI. Full name and address of the person(s) submitting the information (telephone and fax number, if possible):
Date: ............................................... Signature:.........................................................................
This questionnaire should be addressed to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Centre for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, 8-14 avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland, fax No. (022) 9170123.
a/ A separate questionnaire must be completed for each case of alleged arbitrary arrest or detention. As far as possible, all details requested should be given. Nevertheless, failure to do so will not necessarily result in the inadmissibility of the communication.
b/ For the purpose of this questionnaire, "arrest" refers to the initial act of apprehending a person. "Detention" means and includes detention before, during and after trial. In some cases, only Section II, or Section III may be applicable. None the less, whenever possible, both Sections should be filled in.
c/ Copies of documents that prove the arbitrary nature of the arrest or detention, or help to better understand the specific circumstances of the case, as well as any other relevant information, may also be attached to this questionnaire.
d/ If a case is submitted to the Working Group by anyone other than the victim or his family, such person or organization should indicate authorization by the victim or his family to act on their behalf. If, however, the authorization is not readily available, the Working Group reserves the right to proceed without the authorization. All details concerning the persons(s) submitting the information to the Working Group, and any authorization provided by the victim or his family, will be kept confidential.
COMMUNICATIONS UNDER EXTRA-CONVENTIONAL MECHANISMS
Country and thematic mechanisms which are extra-conventional have no formal complaints procedures, differing in that regard from certain treaty-based bodies, namely: Human Rights Committee, Committee against Torture, and Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (please refer to Individual complaints Section on the aforementioned bodies).
The activities of the country and thematic mechanisms are based on communications received from various sources (the victims or their relatives, local or international NGO's, etc.) containing allegations of human rights violations. Such communications may be submitted in various forms (e.g. letters, faxes, cables) and may concern individual cases as well as details of situations of alleged violations of human rights.
With regard to the submission of communications to the extra-conventional mechanisms, there is no differentiation between country-oriented and thematic mechanisms. Both require the same minimum criteria, namely:
· identification of the alleged victim(s);
· identification of the perpetrators of the violation;
· identification of the person(s) or organization(s) submitting the communication (anonymous communications are, therefore, not admissible);
· detailed description of the circumstances of the incident in which the alleged violation occurred.
Other details pertaining to the alleged specific violation, may be required for the relevant thematic mechanism, (e.g. past and present places of detention of the victim; any medical certificate issued to the victim, identification of witnesses to the alleged violation; any measures undertaken to seek redress locally, etc.)
In principle, communications will not be considered if they are also submitted under ECOSOC resolution 1503 and/or the Optional Protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
As a general rule, communications containing abusive language or which are obviously and patently politically-motivated are not considered. Communicationsshould describe the facts of the incident and the relevant details referred to above, clearly and concisely.
In order to facilitate the examination of reported violations, a questionnaire was drawn up on several thematic mechanisms and is made available to persons wishing to report cases of alleged violations to these mechanisms. In addition, some country-oriented rapporteurs may also use questionnaires in order to facilitate their task, particularly in the context of field missions. It should, however, be noted that communications are considered even when they are not submitted in the form of a questionnaire.
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