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Un Rights Expert To Visit Russia

Following Serious Rise In Racist Attacks, Un Rights Expert To Visit Russia

New York, Jun 9 2006 1:00PM

Facing a serious rise in the number of racist attacks in Russia, including murder, especially in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, a United Nations human rights expert is to pay a six-day visit to the country next week at the invitation of the Government.

The UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Doudou Diène, will “gather first-hand information on the question of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, in particular in relation to a number of minority communities,” his office <"">said today.

He is scheduled to meet with representatives of the Russian Government, both at national and local levels, members of the legislative and judiciary branches, non-governmental organizations and individuals dealing with issues related to his mandate, as well as with UN officials. He will also visit several communities that are reportedly victims of discrimination.

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Spokesman José Luis Díaz told a news briefing in Geneva today that while the racist attacks would be the main subject of concern of Mr. Diène’s 12-17 June visit, there were a number of other issues that would be raised.

As Russia is made up of various different nationalities, the issue of migration within Russia and from the outside into Russia would also be discussed.

Special Rapporteurs are unpaid experts serving in an independent personal capacity, who received their mandate from the now defunct UN Commission on Human Rights and will report to the newly established and enhanced Human Rights Council.


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