This database has been created by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) with the assistance of Freedom Now, a non-governmental human rights organization. It provides free access to document issued by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
The official mandate for this is Resolution 1991/42 of the former Commission on Human Rights (approved by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in decision 1991/243 of 31 May 1991). This decision established a working group of five independent experts, initially for three years. The experts are mandated to investigate cases of deprivation of liberty imposed arbitrarily or otherwise inconsistently with the international standards set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or the relevant international legal instruments accepted by the States concerned.
Documents include case notes, human rights instruments. Topics include detention of immigrants. Detention at Guantanamo Bay.