Background: Felipe González Morales was appointed Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants in August 2017. He is Professor of International Law at the Diego Portales University, in Santiago, Chile, where he is also the Director of a Master in International Human Rights Law. He was a Commissioner and the Rapporteur on Migrants between 2008 and 2015 at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, where he was President between 2010-2011. Professor González teaches International Human Rights Law since 2003 at several postgraduate programs at the University Carlos III in Madrid, as well as in several other universities in Spain. Since 2001, he teaches at the American University Human Rights Academy in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and was the first Director of the Center for Human Rights at the Diego Portales University. He is also the founder and was the first Director of a Latin American Network of Human Rights Legal Clinics. Professor González holds a Doctorate and a Master in Advanced Human Rights from University Carlos III and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from American University.
The duties of his mandate include:
(a) To examine ways and means to overcome the obstacles existing to the full and effective protection of the human rights of migrants, recognizing the particular vulnerability of women, children and those undocumented or in an irregular situation;
(b) To request and receive information from all relevant sources, including migrants themselves, on violations of the human rights of migrants and their families;
(c) To formulate appropriate recommendations to prevent and remedy violations of the human rights of migrants, wherever they may occur;
(d) To promote the effective application of relevant international norms and standards on the issue;
(e) To recommend actions and measures applicable at the national, regional and international levels to eliminate violations of the human rights of migrants;
(f) To take into account a gender perspective when requesting and analysing information, and to give special attention to the occurrence of multiple forms of discrimination and violence against migrant women;
(g) To give particular emphasis to recommendations on practical solutions with regard to the implementation of the rights relevant to the mandate, including by identifying best practices and concrete areas and means for international cooperation;
(h) To report regularly to the Human Rights Council, according to its annual programme of work, and to the General Assembly.