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UN human rights assessment mission to Yemen

GENEVA (24 June 2011) – The UN human rights office is set to deploy a delegation on Monday to Yemen for a 10-day mission to assess the human rights situation in the country in light of recent events.

A team of three human rights experts from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will visit Yemen from 27 June to 6 July to gather information on the human rights situation in the country by meeting Government officials, human rights defenders, victims of rights violations, members of the political opposition and civil society, religious leaders as well as other UN agencies. The team will also try to meet internally displaced persons and intends to visit medical facilities and detention centres in a number of cities.

Upon conducting a preliminary assessment, the team will draft a report which will include appropriate recommendations for stakeholders, including responsible parties in Yemen and the international community.

The report of the mission will be made public and presented to the Human Rights Council at its next session in September.

The mission is being conducted by the OHCHR with the cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Yemen.

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OHCHR Country Page – Yemen: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/countries/MENARegion/Pages/YEIndex.aspx

For more information or media requests, please contact spokesperson Rupert Colville (+41 22 917 9767 / rcolville@ohchr.org) or press officers Ravina Shamdasani (+ 41 22 917 9310 / rshamdasani@ohchr.org) and Xabier Celaya (+ 41 22 917 9383 / xcelaya@ohchr.org).

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