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UN Rights Expert to visit Mozambique to assess Situation of People with Albinism

United Nations Independent Expert Ikponwosa Ero will carry out her first visit to Mozambique from 21 August to 3 September to evaluate the situation of human rights of persons with albinism in the country.

"There has been a recent wave of attacks on persons with albinism in some provinces in Mozambique to which the Government has reacted by arresting and prosecuting alleged perpetrators in the framework of the multi-sectorial plan adopted in 2015 to ensure the protection of lives and physical integrity of persons with albinism," Ms. Ero noted.

"I will meet with the Committee in charge of this plan, as well as with other actors from Government, civil society and international partners in order to identify current challenges, gaps in the current response, and best practices that could be transferred from elsewhere in the region," she said.

During her two-week visit, the human rights expert will travel to Maputo, Nampula and Beira. She will meet with representatives of the executive, legislative and judicial branches, local and provincial authorities, the Mozambican Human Rights Commission, civil society organisations, including those of persons with albinism, and members of the diplomatic community.

"I look forward to meeting persons with albinism in Mozambique," the expert added, "as I give particular importance to their direct experience and also uphold the principle of 'nothing about us without us'".

At the end of her visit, on Friday 2 September 2016, Ms. Ero will share with the media her preliminary observations at a press conference which will be held at 9:30 am at the UNDP premises in Maputo, Kenneth Kaunda Av, N. 931. Access to the press conference is strictly limited to journalists.

The Independent Expert will present a comprehensive report on her visit to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
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