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Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
19 May 2022
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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Schutter, will conduct an official visit to Kyrgyzstan from 23 May to 3 June 2022, at the invitation of the Government of Kyrgyzstan. His visit aims at assessing the efforts to combat poverty and to protect the human rights of people in poverty in Kyrgyzstan.
The Special Rapporteur invites all interested individuals and organizations, including civil society organizations, activists, and academics, to provide input on the priority issues listed below to assist him in preparing for the visit.
The Special Rapporteur
The Special Rapporteur is an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council. UN independent experts regularly undertake country visits to report on human rights issues. Visits, which typically last for two weeks, include meetings between the Special Rapporteur and individuals affected by poverty, public officials, members of parliamentary and judicial bodies, official institutions, civil society organizations, and academics. At the conclusion of country visits, the Special Rapporteur presents a detailed statement of his initial findings. He subsequently submits a final report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The report informs other processes, including the review of the country in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council and by human rights treaty bodies.
The Special Rapporteur, Olivier De Schutter, is a Professor of Law at UCLouvain and at SciencesPo (Paris), with extensive experience as an independent UN human rights expert. Between 2008-2014, he served as Special Rapporteur on the right to food. He was a Member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights between 2015-2020, a position he held until he took up his functions as Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on 1 May 2020.
Respondents are requested to limit their comments to a maximum of 2,000 words. Additional supporting materials, such as reports, academic studies, and other background materials may be annexed to the submission.
While all submissions are welcome, and the questions below are by no means exhaustive, the Special Rapporteur would be grateful for comments that address topics such as:
The nature of poverty and inequality in Kyrgyzstan, including how poverty is or should be defined and measured, its prevalence, and its distribution.
The impact of poverty on civil and political rights, as well as on economic, social and cultural rights such as the rights to health, housing, food, education, and social security.
The potential of and challenges facing the existing social protection system to address poverty, inequality, and social exclusion, especially with a view to protecting informal workers, children, ethnic minorities, rural populations, refugees and migrant workers, unregistered/unrecognized citizens, and other groups particularly affected by poverty.
The role of fiscal spending, public finance management, and tax policy in relation to poverty.
Regions and cities that should be visited by the Special Rapporteur.
Individuals and organisations the Special Rapporteur should meet with during his country visit.
The Special Rapporteur’s visit will lead to a detailed end of mission statement on 3 June 2022, and a final report presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2023.
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