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SUDAN: UNITED NATIONS INDEPENDENT HUMAN RIGHTS EXPERT LAUNCHES MISSION TO KHARTOUM AND DARFUR
31 January 2013

GENEVA (31 January 2013) – The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin, will undertake his second visit to the Sudan from 3 to 10 February 2013.

“During my eight-day mission, I will focus primarily on assessing and verifying the situation of human rights in the Sudan in order to determine the technical assistance and capacity building needs of the Sudanese Government,” said the rights expert.

Mr. Baderin, who visits the Sudan at the invitation of the Government, will travel to Khartoum and Darfur, where he will meet with Government officials, civil society actors, members of the diplomatic Corps and United Nations agencies.

At the end of his visit, the Independent Expert will release a press statement with his main findings, as well as his preliminary observations and recommendations.

Mr. Baderin will present his findings and recommendations in a comprehensive report to the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2013.

The mandate of the Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Sudan was created by the UN Human Rights Council on 18 June 2009. In September 2012, the mandate was renewed for a period of one year. As Independent Expert, Mashood Adebayo Baderin serves in his individual capacity, independently from any government or organization.

Watch the Independent Expert on the UN Human Rights YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv_GOGzvyBI&feature=em-uploademail 

OHCHR – Country Page: Sudan: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/countries/AfricaRegion/Pages/SDIndex.aspx

For further information and media requests, please contact Joseph Bonsu (+ 41 79 444 4860) / jbonsu@ohchr.org) or write to sudan@ohchr.org.

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