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UN expert on rights of people with albinism to visit Lesotho

09 April 2024

GENEVA (9 April 2024) – The UN Independent expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, Muluka-Anne Miti-Drummond, will conduct her first visit to Lesotho from 10 to 19 April 2024.

During her visit, Miti-Drummond will assess the human rights situation of persons with albinism with a focus primarily on access to health, education and employment.

The expert will hold meetings in Maseru and Thaba-Tseka, and will also take the opportunity to participate in the 43rd ordinary session of the African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, where a day of general discussion on the solutions to challenges of children with albinism will be held on 17 April.

During her official visit, Miti-Drummond will also meet with various actors, including State representatives, civil society organisations, people with albinism, their representatives and families.

The expert will hold a press conference on Friday 19 April at 11:30 A.M. local time at the conference hall at the United Nations House, 13 UN Road, Maseru. Access will be strictly limited to journalists.

The expert will present her report to the Human Rights Council in March 2025.

Muluka-Anne Miti-Drummond is the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism.

Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN human rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms. Special Procedures mandate-holders are independent human rights experts appointed by the Human Rights Council to address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. They are not UN staff and are independent from any government or organisation. They serve in their individual capacity and do not receive a salary for their work.

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