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SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHTS OF MIGRANTS TO VISIT UNITED STATES

27 April 2007, Geneva: - - The Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Mr. Jorge Bustamante will visit the United States from 30 April to 18 May 2007 at the invitation of the Government.

The purpose of his visit is to witness first hand the situation of migrants at the borders and in immigration detention facilities and discuss migrant rights related issues with US officials, experts and advocates from the civil society.

During his visit, the Special Rapporteur is scheduled to meet senior government officials, local authorities, representatives of non-governmental organizations and individual migrants. The Special Rapporteur will begin his mission in San Diego and then visit Tucson, Austin, Fort Meyers and New York. His mission concludes in Washington DC. His agenda includes visits to the Florence, Hutto and Monmouth detention centers. He will also visit the Nogales border in Arizona and the border in San Diego.

The Special Rapporteur will report on his findings to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Prof. Jorge Bustamante was appointed Special Rapporteur by the Commission of Human Rights in August 2005. The mandate was established in 1999 and further extended by the Human Rights Council to "examine ways and means to overcome the obstacles existing to the full and effective protection of the human rights of migrants, including obstacles and difficulties for the return of migrants who are undocumented or in an irregular situation".