Mali: UN Independent Expert in first official visit to assess human rights situation in the country
GENEVA, Switzerland, October 18, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali, Suliman Baldo, will undertake his first official mission to the country from 21 October to 3 November 2013.
This is the first country visit by an independent expert charged by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor and report on the human rights situation in Mali, and to identify areas of technical assistance and capacity building that will help the country to fulfill its human rights obligations.
During his 14-day visit, the Independent Expert will meet high-level officials, including members of the government appointed following the presidential elections of July/August 2013, judicial officials, security officials, and heads of the Dialogue and Reconciliation Commission and the National Human Rights Commission.
Mr. Baldo will also meet with local authorities, civil society representatives and the diplomatic community, and visit detention centres in Bamako and other locations in the country.
The Independent Expert will issue a press release at the end of his visit to share his preliminary observations and recommendations. He is due to present a comprehensive report on his findings to the Human Rights Council in March 2014.
United Nations – Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)