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UN expert on slavery visits Haiti

3 June 2009

GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, its causes and consequences, Ms Gulnara Shahinian, will undertake a country visit to Haiti from 2 to 10 June 2009 at the invitation of the Government.
The Special Rapporteur will meet with Government officials, civil society members and representatives of UN agencies, and will conduct visits outside of the capital.
At the end of the 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 the visit, the Special Rapporteur will present a report containing her conclusions and recommendations to the 12th session of the Human Rights Council.
In May 2008, the Human Rights Council appointed Ms. Gulnara Shahinian as the first Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of slavery, its causes and consequences. Ms. Shahinian is a lawyer and has extensive experience working as an expert consultant for various UN, EU, Council of Europe, OSCE and government bodies on children’s rights, gender, migration and trafficking. She is also a former trustee of the UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery.

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/slavery/rapporteur/index.htm or contact SRslavery@ohchr.org