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UN expert on debt and human rights to visit Liechtenstein

16 June 2023

GENEVA (16 June 2023)– The UN Independent Expert on foreign debt, other financial obligations and human rights, Attiya Waris, will visit Liechtenstein from 19 to 26 June 2023.

During her visit, Waris will examine a wide range of issues related to illicit financial flows, fiscal affairs, debt, and their implications on human rights. She will assess the human rights impact of economic and financial policies in the country, as well as their extra-territorial human rights impact.

The expert will meet with fiscal, financial, trade, environment, justice, human rights, and social affairs administrations. She will also meet with civil society and the private sector.

Waris will hold a press conference to present her preliminary findings on 26 June at 11 a.m. in the Oberland Room of the Hotel Residence, Staedtle 23, Vaduz. Access will be strictly limited to journalists.

The expert will submit her report to the UN Human Rights Council's 55th session in March 2024.

Ms Attiya Waris (Kenya) took up the function of Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights on 1 August 2021. She holds a PhD in Law and is a specialist in Fiscal Law, Policy and Development. Ms Waris teaches at the Law School, University of Nairobi, Kenya and has previously taught in South Africa, Rwanda, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Ms Waris has researched and published on global and regional issues. She published 'Tax and Development’ (2013) offering links between tax and human rights and her more recent publication ‘Financing Africa’ is the first publication globally to map out African fiscal systems.

Follow the Independent Expert’s work on Twitter: @IEfinanceHRs

The Independent Experts and Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Comprising the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, Special Procedures is the general name of the Council's independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

For more information and media requests during the visit, please contact: María Muñoz Maraver ([email protected]) or Bahram Ghazi ([email protected])

For media enquiries regarding other UN independent experts, please contact Maya Derouaz ([email protected]) or Dharisha Indraguptha ([email protected])

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