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The outgoing Chairman of the Human Rights Commission hands over responsibilities to the incoming Chairman, Enrique Ballesteros, of Peru (right), who also served as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Use of Mercenaries.

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UN Special Rapporteur on the Use of Mercenaries

In 1987, the Commission on Human Rights (the predecessor to the UN Human Rights Council) appointed a Special Rapporteur to examine the question of the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and of impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination. This position was held by Mr. Enrique Bernales Ballesteros (Peru) from 1987 -2004 and Ms. Shaista Shameem (Fiji) from 2004-2005.

At its 60th session in resolution 2004/5 the Commission requested the Special Rapporteur to pay particular attention to the activities of PMSCs. In 2005, the mandate of the Special Rapporteur was succeeded by the Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries.

The publically-available documents of the Special Rapporteur appear below, organized chronologically, and also on the UN website.