Posted by: africanpressorganization | 13 May 2011

Human rights / Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent visits Portugal





Human rights / Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent visits Portugal



GENEVA, Switzerland, May 13, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent will visit Portugal from 16 to 20 May to gather information from all parties on the situation of this population group and in particular on discrimination and intolerance that they may face and the measures that the Government of Portugal is taking to fight these challenges.


The expert body will be assessing the situation facing people of African descent in Portugal as regards such things as access to education, housing and health services, employment, political participation and the administration of justice. The situation of migrants of African descent and their children will also be of particular interest to the Working Group as well as the way in which the current economic crisis is affecting people of African decent in Portugal.


“The visit is particularly timely as 2011 is the International Year for People of African Descent* and I am looking forward to learning from the Portuguese authorities about the activities that they plan to carry out in the context of the Year,” noted the Chairperson of the expert body, Ms. Mirjana Najchevska.


The Working Group will be in Lisbon to meet with Government officials, representatives of NGOs and academia. They also hope to have the opportunity to visit an Afro-Portuguese community. The Working Group will report on its visit to Portugal to the Human Rights Council in 2012


Al the end of their mission, on May 20, the members of the Working Group will hold a press conference at 11:00 at the headquarters of UNICEF Portugal in Lisbon, which has kindly made available their facilities for this purpose: Av. António Augusto de Aguiar, 21 – 3º Esq. 1069-115 LISBOA.


(*) The International Year for People of African Descent:



United Nations – Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


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