A/HRC/21/18 United Nations General Assembly Distr.: General 13 August 2012 Original: English Human Rights Council Twenty-first session Agenda items 2 and 5 Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General Human rights bodies and mechanisms Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights Report of the Secretary-General Summary The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 12/2, in which the Council invited the Secretary-General to submit a report to the Council at its fourteenth session, and annually thereafter, in accordance with its programme of work, containing a compilation and analysis of any available information, from all appropriate sources, on alleged reprisals against the persons referred to in paragraph 1 of the resolution, as well as recommendations on how to address the issues of intimidation and reprisals. The report contains information gathered from 15 June 2011 to 15 July 2012. Efforts made by various stakeholders to raise awareness of the issue of reprisals and intimidation, and related measures to combat such acts, are highlighted. The report provides an account of situations in which persons have been reportedly intimidated or suffered reprisals for having cooperated with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights. In some instances, it was not possible to record cases due to specific security concerns or because the individuals subjected to reprisals explicitly requested that their cases not be raised publicly. The report also contains follow-up information received regarding cases mentioned in previous reports, and concluding remarks and recommendations. GE.12-15899

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