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UN EXPERT ON TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS TO VISIT BELARUS AND POLAND


18 May 2009


GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, will undertake country visits to Belarus from 18 to 24 May 2009, and to Poland from 25 to 29 May 2009, at the invitation of each Government.

The Special Rapporteur will meet with Government officials, civil society members and representatives of UN agencies, and may also conduct visits outside of the capital cities.

At the end of each country visit, the Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference to share her preliminary findings with representatives of the media. Based on the information obtained during each visit, the Special Rapporteur will present a report containing her conclusions and recommendations to a forthcoming session of the Human Rights Council.

Ms. Ezeilo, a Nigerian national, assumed her functions as Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children on 1 August 2008. Ms. Ezeilo is a human rights lawyer and professor at the University of Nigeria. She has also served in various governmental capacities, including as Honourable Commissioner for Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development in Enugu State and as a Delegate to the National Political Reform Conference. She has consulted for various international organizations and is also involved in several NGOs, particularly working on women’s rights. She has published extensively on a variety of topics, including human rights, women’s rights, and Shari'a law.

For further information on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, please visit the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ( http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/trafficking/index.htm
or contact SRtrafficking@ohchr.org