A/HRC/22/44 United Nations General Assembly Distr.: General 24 December 2012 English Original: English/Spanish Human Rights Council Twenty-second session Agenda item 3 Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Chair-Rapporteur: El Hadji Malick Sow Summary During 2012, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, under its regular procedure, adopted 69 opinions concerning the detention of 198 persons in 37 countries (see addendum 1, A/HRC/22/44/Add.1). It also transmitted a total of 104 urgent appeals to 44 States concerning 606 individuals, including 56 women. States informed the Working Group that they had taken measures to remedy the situation of detainees: in some cases, detainees were released; in other cases, the Working Group was assured that the detainees concerned would be guaranteed a fair trial. The Working Group is grateful to those Governments that heeded its appeals and took steps to provide it with the requested information on the situation of detainees. The Working Group engaged in continuous dialogue with countries that it visited particularly concerning its recommendations. Information regarding the implementation of recommendations made by the Working Group was received from the Government of Malta. During 2012, the Working Group visited El Salvador. The report on this visit is contained in addendum 2 to the present document (A/HRC/22/44/Add.2). In accordance with Council resolution 20/16 adopted on 6 July 2012, the Working Group initiated preparations concerning the draft basic principles and guidelines on remedies and procedures on the right of anyone deprived of his or her liberty by arrest or detention to bring proceedings before court, in order that the court may decide without delay on the lawfulness of his or her detention and order his or her release if the detention is not lawful. The draft basic principles and guidelines aim at assisting Member States in fulfilling their obligation to avoid arbitrary deprivation of liberty. A report comprising the basic principles and guidelines will be presented to the Human Rights Council in 2015. GE.12-18935 (E) 180113 180113

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