Mr. Baskut Tuncak was appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council as UN Special Rapporteur on “the human rights implications of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes” in June 2014, and assumed the mandate in August 2014.

Baskut is an international lawyer, specializing in laws and policies on the management of toxic chemicals.  He is currently a senior researcher at the Raul Wallenberg Institute in Sweden.  Previously, Baskut was a visiting scholar at American University Washington College of Law and a senior attorney with the not-for-profit Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL).  Prior to his legal career, he worked as a synthetic chemist with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and synthetic biology companies. He has served in various advisory roles to both governmental and non-governmental initiatives.

Detailed instructions on how to file an allegation of human rights abuses with the office of the Special Rapporteur are available at this link.