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First mission to Khartoum by the new UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan

GENEVA (8 June 2012) – The newly appointed Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin, will conduct his first mission to the Sudan from 10 to 14 June 2012, to identify areas of technical assistance and capacity building that will help the country to fulfill its human rights obligations.

During his five-day mission, Mr. Baderin will meet in Khartoum with Government officials, civil society representatives, members of the diplomatic Corps and UN agencies.

At the conclusion of his mission, on Thursday 14 June, the Independent Expert will hold a press conference, with further details to follow.

The UN Independent Expert on Sudan will present his findings and recommendations at the UN Human Rights Council 21st session in in September 2012.

The mandate of the Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Sudan was created by the UN Human Rights Council on 18 June 2009. In September 2011, the mandate was renewed for a period of one year. As Independent Expert, Mashood Adebayo Baderin serves in his individual capacity, independently from any government or organization.

Watch the Independent Expert on the UN Human Rights YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv_GOGzvyBI&feature=em-uploademail

OHCHR – Country Page: Sudan: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/countries/AfricaRegion/Pages/SDIndex.aspx

For further information and media requests, please contact Joseph Bonsu (+ 41 79 444 4187) / jbonsu@ohchr.org) or write to sudan@ohchr.org.

For media inquiries related to other UN independent experts:
Xabier Celaya, UN Human Rights – Media Unit (+ 41 22 917 9383 / xcelaya@ohchr.org)

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