The United Nations Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Mr. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, will conduct a country visit to Mauritius from 27 January to 5 February 2020 at the invitation of the Government.

For additional information on the mandate of the Independent Expert:
https://www.ohchr.org/en/issues/development/iedebt/pages/iedebtindex.aspx

The Independent Expert's visit will focus on issues including, but not limited to, the impact of public debt, economic reforms, tax and fiscal policies, illicit financial flows and the realization of human rights.

During his visit, he will meet with government authorities, members of the legislature and judiciary, international organizations, civil society organizations, academics and other stakeholders. At the conclusion of the visit, the Independent Expert will present his preliminary findings at a press conference and subsequently submit a final report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.  

Call for input:

The Independent Expert invites all interested individuals and organizations to provide input for the preparation of his visit to Mauritius. While all submissions are welcome, the Independent Expert is specifically interested in receiving input and comments on the following topics:

  • Fiscal consolidation and the implementation of economic policies aiming at ensuring debt stability, economic recovery and inclusive growth, including by the development of a range of economic sectors, foreign direct investments and their effect on the realization of human rights, particularly amongst the most vulnerable and marginalized.
  • Issues related to debt management and sustainability and debt restructuring.
  • Tax and fiscal policies from a human rights perspective; Tax revenue collection and public spending, giving adequate consideration to human rights and gender equality.
  • Efforts by the Government to prevent and combat illicit financial flows. Such flows can be related to tax evasion and avoidance by individuals and business enterprises, to corruption or to other criminal activities, such as money laundering, trafficking of human persons or narcotics, illicit arms trade or financing of terrorism.
  • Integration of human rights in the public and private financial sector and inclusion of human rights standards in financial products, asset management and lending policies of private banks and public lending institutions, including microfinance.
  • International development assistance and lending to Mauritius from different international financial and multilateral institutions. In this context, integration of human rights standards in development financing, free trade agreements, bilateral investment agreements and development cooperation.
  • Regions, or cities in Mauritius that the Independent Expert should visit for the purpose of examining specific cases.
  • Governmental authorities, public institutions, civil society organizations, academics and experts that the Independent Expert should meet with during his visit.

Respondents are requested to limit their comments to a maximum of 1,500 words. Additional supporting materials, such as reports, academic studies, and other types of background materials may be annexed to the submission.

Submissions can be sent to ieforeigndebt@ohchr.org by 20 January 2020.  By default, all submissions will be treated as confidential and the input received will not be attributed to specific individuals or organizations.

However, if you would like your submission to be published on the Independent Expert’s webpage, please explicitly indicate consent to publication in the submission.

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