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UN HUMAN RIGHTS EXPERT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN TO VISIT TAJIKISTAN



13 May 2008

Prof. Yakin Ertürk, the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, will conduct an official visit to Tajikistan, at the invitation of the Government, from 15 to 23 May 2008.

During her visit, the Special Rapporteur will meet with Government authorities, civil society members, representatives of United Nations agencies and international organizations, and individual victims of violence against women to assess the types of violence against women in Tajikistan as well as the State response to address such violence. The Special Rapporteur plans to visit Dushanbe, Khujand, Bobodjon Gafurovskiy and Vakhdat districts, and Kurgan-Tyube to gather first-hand information on the question of violence against women in the country.

Based on the information obtained during the visit, Ms. Ertürk will present a report containing her findings and recommendations to a forthcoming session of the Human Rights Council.

Yakin Ertürk, Professor of Sociology at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, was appointed Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women in 2003.

For more information on the role and function of the Special Rapporteur, please visit the webpage: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/women/rapporteur/index.htm