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PRESS CONFERENCES AND OTHER MEDIA EVENTS

10 March


Press Conference - United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect Bureau des Nations Unies pour la prévention du génocide et la responsabilité de protéger

Subject:
Achievements and challenges of the mandate of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide: interactive dialogue with the Human Rights Council

Speaker:
Mr. Adama Dieng, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide

Date/time:
Monday, 10 March 2014, at 12.30 p.m.

Place: Room III


Press Conference OHCHR / SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHT TO FOOD

Subject:
Report to the Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food. In his final report, after a six-year term, the Special Rapporteur says the world’s food systems must be reformed if they are to contribute to realizing the right to adequate food for all. The report calls for alternative, democratically-mandated visions of food systems to be urgently accommodated at the local, national and international levels.

Speaker:
Mr. Olivier De Schutter (Belgium), Special Rapporteur on the right to food.

Date/time:
Monday, 10 March 2014, at 4 p.m.

Place:
Press Room 1

11 March


Press Conference OHCHR / SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON TORTURE

Subject:
“Any use of torture-tainted information, even if the torture has been committed by agents of another State, is an act of acquiescence in torture that compromises the user State’s responsibility and leads to individual and State complicity in acts of torture.” The Special Rapporteur on torture will talk about his annual report to the Human Rights Council on the use of torture-tainted information and the exclusionary rule in judicial proceedings and in relation to acts by executive actors. The expert will also refer to his report on his 2013 mission to Ghana.

Speaker:
Mr. Juan Méndez, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Date/time:
Tuesday, 11 March 2014, at 11.30 a.m.

Place:
Room III


Press Conference - OHCHR / Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing as a Component of the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living


Subject:
The Special Rapporteur will talk about her final thematic report to the Human Rights Council which focuses on guiding principles on security of tenure for the urban poor.

Speakers:
Ms. Raquel ROLNIK, Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context

Date/time:
Tuesday, 11 March 2014, at 2 p.m.

Place:
Press Room 1

12 March


Press Conference / Conférence de presse - OHCHR / SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF


Subject:
Report on collective religious hatred by the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief to the Human Rights Council.

The report focuses on the need to tackle manifestations of collective religious hatred. It examines root-causes and aggravating political factors as a pre-condition to developing effective prevention and coping strategies. The report stresses that sentiments of collective religious hatred are often caused by a combination of fear and contempt which can trigger a vicious cycle of mistrust, narrow-mindedness and collective hysteria. It also identifies aggravating political factors, such as endemic corruption, an authoritarian political atmosphere, and the harnessing of religion for the purposes of national identity politics. In response, the report stresses the need to adopt trust building activities, including establishing trustworthy public institutions and promoting meaningful communication, in particular between different religious or belief communities.

Speaker:
Mr. Heiner Bielfeldt (Germany), Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.

Date/time:
Wednesday, 12 March 2014, at 11 a.m.

Place:
Press Room 1

14 March


Press Conference - OHCHR / SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN MYANMAR


Subject:
The Special Rapporteur presents his final report to the Human Rights Council which, in the context of the ongoing democratic transition, looks at the serious situation in Rakhine State, the next steps needed to secure peace in the ethnic border areas, and the ongoing arrests of journalists and people protesting evictions and land confiscations in the face of large-scale development projects. He takes a look back at the six years he has spent on this mandate, reflecting on how far the country has progressed and how much further reforms still need to go.

Speakers:
Mr. Tomás Ojea QUINTANA, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

Date/time:
Friday, 14 March 2014, at 3 p.m.

Place:
Press Room 1


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