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Cablegate: Communication From the Special Rapporteur On

R 121348Z AUG 08
FM USMISSION GENEVA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 7046
INFO USMISSION USUN NEW YORK

UNCLAS GENEVA 000686


STATE FOR IO-RHS, DRL-MLGA, L-HRR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM UNHRC
SUBJECT: COMMUNICATION FROM THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON
CONTEMPORARY FORMS OF SLAVERY

1. Mission has received a communication from the Special
Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. This
communication is number 43 on the Geneva 2008 Communications
Log.

2. Begin text of letter. Excellency, I have the honor to
write you in my capacity as Special Rapporteur on
Contemporary Forms of Slavery, its causes and consequences
pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 6/14.

The above mentioned resolution has tasked me, as Special
Rapporteur, to enter into dialogue with "Governments, treaty
bodies, special procedures, specialized agencies,
intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental
organizations and other relevant sources, including on
slavery practices and, as appropriate, an in line with the
current practice, respond effectively to reliable information
on alleged human rights violations with a view to protecting
the human rights of victims of slavery and preventing
violations".

In this context, I would like to express my interest in
meeting with you in Geneva at a time most convenient with you
on any of one of the following days: 10, 11 or 12 September
2008. The objective of the meeting will be to discuss the
scope of my mandate which will primarily focus on forced
labor, child labor, and domestic workers.

I am hoping for your positive response. Should you have
any question regarding this request do not hesitate to
contact Ms. Elizabeth Wabuge on 022-917-9138, OHCHR staff
member supporting the mandate.

Thank you in advance for your kind co-operation.

Please accept, your Excellency, the assurance of my
highest consideration. Guinara Shahinian, Special Rapporteur
on Contemporary forms of Slavery, its causes and
consequences. End text of letter.


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