In December 2016, member of the Justice Leadership Group Diego García-Sayán was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers. As Special Rapporteur, he will be responsible for reporting on attacks on the independence of the judiciary, identifying improvements and making recommendations. To this end, the Special Rapporteur makes country visits and communicates regularly with the Human Rights Council. Diego García-Sayán is the former Minister of Justice of Peru and former President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. His expensive experience with human rights, justice reform and democratic transitions make him especially suited to this important responsibility.
In his motivation letter García-Sayán stated: “a universal mandate like the one of this Special Rapporteur should be a contributory factor to improve the conditions for an adequate performance of judges and lawyers”. The Justice Leadership Group wants to congratulate García-Sayán on his appointment to United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers and wishes him well with his endeavours.