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UN EXPERTS ON TORTURE AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN TO CONDUCT JOINT VISIT TO MOLDOVA

16 June 2008


GENEVA—The Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Yakin Ertürk, and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Manfred Nowak, will undertake a visit to Moldova from 4 to 11 July 2008, at the invitation of the Moldovan Government.

In order to gather first-hand information in relation to the two mandates, Ms Ertürk and Mr. Nowak will meet with Government officials, national human rights institutions, civil society members and representatives of United Nations agencies and international organizations. They will also meet with victims of violence and visit places where persons are deprived of their liberty.

At the end of the mission, following a briefing with Moldovan officials, the experts will hold a press conference to share their preliminary findings with representatives of the media. Based on the information obtained during the visit, they will present a report containing their conclusions and recommendations to the Human Rights Council.

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Ms. Yak?n Ertürk was appointed Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences on 1 August 2003 by the Commission on Human Rights. As Special Rapporteur, she is independent from any government and serves in her individual capacity. She undertakes fact finding missions; acts on allegations regarding violations of women’s human rights from around the world; and prepares thematic reports in relation to her mandate. Ms. Ertürk is a Professor of Sociology at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. Previously she taught at the Centre for Girls at King Saud University in Riyadh. Between 1997 and 2001 she worked with the United Nations, serving first as Director of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and as Director of the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) at UN Headquarters in New York. This will be the 17th country to which she will be conducting a mission as Special Rapporteur. For further information on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, please visit the webpage:
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/women/rapporteur/index.htm

Mr. Nowak was appointed Special Rapporteur on 1 December 2004 by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. As Special Rapporteur, he is independent from any government and serves in his individual capacity. The Commission first decided to appoint a special rapporteur to examine questions relevant to torture in 1985. The mandate, since assumed under the UN Human Rights Council, covers all countries, whether or not they have ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Mr. Nowak has previously served as member of the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances; the UN expert on missing persons in the formerYugoslavia; the UN expert on legal questions on enforced disappearances; and as a judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is Professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights at the University of Vienna, and Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights. This will be his 12th country visit. For further information on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, please visit the website:
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/torture/rapporteur/index.htm