High Commissioner's first mission to Colombia
The High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is visiting Colombia from 27 October to 1 November. Her first mission after taking up the post has included meeting President Alvaro Uribe, senior ministers, as well as members of Congress, the judiciary, the business sector and civil society. The High Commissioner said she remains concerned that while Colombia has been keen to implement human rights related policies over the last few years several indicators and voices point to persistent human rights challenges.
Visiting OHCHR's field work in the Department of Arauca is also included the High Commissioner's programme. After Colombia , the High Commissioner will visit Haiti from 2 to 5 November.
High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay arrives at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bogota , Colombia on 27 October 2008, where she met Minister Jaime Bermúdez Merizalde and his team.
The High Commissioner participated at the presentation of a book published by OHCHR's country office titled “ Sobre Hombros de Gigantes ,” (On Giants' Soulders). High Commissioner Pillay expressed that this publication reflects the hard work, creativity and thirst for knowledge of Colombia 's youth, presenting human rights from a view that embraces life.
A wide variety of civil society representatives, including human rights and women's NGOs, victims associations and trade unions, met with High Commissioner Navi Pillay to provide her with a deeper insight into the human rights situation in the country.
High Commissioner Navi Pillay was moved when meeting the families of police officers and soldiers whose relatives have been kept in the jungle by guerrilla groups for many years.
High Commissioner Navi Pillay and the Mayor of Bogota, Samuel Moreno Rojas, unveil a commemorative plaque to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. OHCHR's country office has been extremely active in the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration.
High Commissioner Navy Pillay congratulated the government of Bogotá on the distribution of one million copies of the UDHR in the district's schools and on their commitment to educate and empower children on their rights.