International Women's Day“Women’s economic empowerment is a mirage if we ignore unpaid work done at home,” UN expert on extreme poverty Magdalena Sepúlveda says on International Women’s Day. Rights defenders in Côte d’IvoireUN expert Doudou Diène urges the Government of Cote d’Ivoire to allow human rights defenders to play their role for the reconciliation and consolidation of progress in the country. UN experts on VenezuelaUN rights experts ask the Venezuelan Government for prompt clarification of allegations of arbitrary detention and excessive use of force against protesters and journalists. Electoral reform in CambodiaUN expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Surya P. Subedi hails agreements for electoral reform, but urges respect for freedom of expression and assembly. Mission to JordanUN expert Catarina de Albuquerque to assess the effect of the increased pressure by the spike of conflict-related refugees on scarce water resources in Jordan (11-16 March 2014). République centrafricaineL'Experte indépendante sur la situation des droits de l'homme en République centrafricaine, Marie-Thérèse Keita Bocoum, effectue sa première visite officielle dans le pays. Guinea-Bissau / Extreme poverty“Guinea-Bissau must immediately address the critical needs of the poorest,” says the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda. Minority issues in Nigeria “Good and inclusive governance is key to ensuring minority rights, equality and peaceful coexistence for all of Nigerians” - UN Independent Expert on minority issues, Rita Izsák. Mission to Papua New GuineaThe UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, Christof Heyns, will assess the protection of the right to life in law and in practice in Papua New Guinea (3-14 March 2014). The fight against slaveryThe UN Special Rapporteur on slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, calls on Mauritania “to take more vigorous measures to eliminate slavery and to fully implement the laws and policies.” Haiti / Duvalier caseUN expert Gustavo Gallón urges Haiti to support additional investigations into crimes against humanity and financial crimes against former Haitian President Jean- Claude Duvalier. A call for reform in Côte d’IvoireUN Independent Expert Doudou Diène calls on the Government of Côte d’Ivoire to adopt urgent reforms before the presidential elections scheduled for October 2015. “Halt violence in Ukraine” “Violence and death toll in Ukraine totally unacceptable” – Key UN expert group on human rights calls for an immediate end to renewed clashes and meaningful dialogue. Mission to Guinea-BissauUN Special Rapporteur Magdalena Sepúlveda launches an official mission to Guinea-Bissau to assess the situation of people living in extreme poverty (24 Feb-1 Mar). Sudan / Human rightsUN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan Mashood Adebayo Baderin urges Government to release reports on last year’s violent demonstrations. Mission to MauritaniaFollow up mission by the UN Special Rapporteur on slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, to assess the Mauritanian authorities’ response to her 2009 recommendations (24-27 February). Human rights in MyanmarThe UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, raises alarm on a number of challenges which, if left unaddressed, “could jeopardize the entire reform process.” Discrimination against womenUN rights experts urge Kenya to repeal discriminatory sections in the Matrimonial Property Act which discriminate against women and are at odds with the Kenyan Constitution. Mission to MaliThe UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali, Suliman Baldo, announces his second information-gathering mission to the country (17-26 February 2014). Minorities in NigeriaUN Independent Expert on minority issues Rita Izsák launches her first visit to Nigeria to assess the situation of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities (17-28 February 2014). Tajikistan / TortureUN Special Rapporteur Juan E. Méndez urges the Government of Tajikistan to fully implement its policies for the eradication and prevention of torture and ill-treatment. Human rights in MyanmarUN expert Tomás Ojea Quintana launches final visit to Myanmar to assess the current situation in the country and follow up on his previous recommendations (14-20 February). Mission to Côte d’IvoireThe protection of victims’ human rights and the fight against impunity in Côte d’Ivoire top the agenda of UN expert Doudou Diène's sixth official visit to the country (11-23 February). UAE / Independence of the judiciaryUN expert Gabriela Knaul urges the UAE authorities to remove obstacles to the delivery of justice, the enforcement of peoples’ rights and the public’s confidence in the judiciary. Advertising and cultural rightsUN Special Rapporteur Farida Shaheed kicks off a new study on the impact of advertising and marketing practices on cultural rights, cultural diversity and human rights. Mission to SudanThe Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin, will visit Khartoum, Darfur and South Kordofan (11-20 February 2014). Civilian suffering as a weapon “The deprival of food, water, shelter and medical care used as a method of war in Syria is a crime against humanity,” a group of UN independent human rights experts warn. Transitional justice in Spain “Spain should trust its democracy and work for victims’ rights” – UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff.