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Senior UN human rights official to visit Central African Republic from 29 July to 2 August 2013

BANGUI/GENEVA (25 July 2013) – The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, will conduct an official visit to the Central African Republic from 29 July to 2 August 2013.

During his four-day mission, Šimonović will meet the Transitional Authorities, including the Prime Minister of the Transitional Government, the Head of State of the Transition, key Ministers as well as religious leaders and members of civil society organizations and of the international community.

The Assistant Secretary-General will undertake a number of field visits in Bangui and is also planning to go to Bambari in the North Eastern prefecture of Ouaka, some 385 km from Bangui.

On Thursday 1 August, the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights will hold a press conference at the BINUCA premises in Bangui from 15:30 to 16:30.

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Ivan Šimonović assumed his functions as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights on 17 July 2010, heading OHCHR’s New York Office. To learn more, visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/Pages/ASG.aspx

For more details please contact:

In Central African Republic: Uwolowulakana Ikavi-Gbetanou, +236 75495383 / ikavi@un.org) or Chafi Bakari (+41 22 928 9256 / cbakari@ohchr.org)
In Geneva: Liz Throssell (+ 41 22 917 9434 or +41 79 201 01 15 / ethrossell@ohchr.org) or Cécile Pouilly (+41 22 917 9310 or +41 79 618 34 30 / cpouilly@ohchr.org)