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Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, A/HRC/16/47, 19 January 2011


7. The mandate of the Working Group is to investigate cases of deprivation of liberty imposed arbitrarily. In the discharge of its mandate, the Working Group refers to the relevant international standards set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as to the relevant international instruments accepted by the States concerned, in particular the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees of 1951; the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, as well as, when appropriate, the following standards:

  1. When the deprivation of liberty constitutes a violation of the international law for reasons of discrimination based on birth; national, ethnic or social origin; language; religion; economic condition; political or other opinion; gender; sexual orientation; disability or other status, and which aims towards or can result in ignoring the equality of human rights (Category V).

Link to full text of the report: Report-WG Arbitrary Detention-2011-eng