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UN expert launches official visit to Burkina Faso

Human rights and counter-terrorism: UN expert launches official visit to Burkina Faso

GENEVA (5 April 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, will undertake an official visit to Burkina Faso from 8 to 12 April 2013. This will be the first visit to the country by an independent expert designated by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor and report on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism worldwide.

“This information-gathering visit represents a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss the country’s counter-terrorism law and practice, with the aim of helping to ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in the fight against terrorism,” said Mr. Emmerson, who will be visiting Burkina Faso at the invitation of the Government.

During his five-day visit, the rights expert will meet with Government officials from a number of relevant ministries, including foreign affairs, human rights, interior and justice, as well as representatives of the judiciary and law enforcement, and with prosecutors. Mr. Emmerson will also meet with parliamentarians, representatives of the international community and non-governmental organizations. He further plans to visit detention centres relevant to his mandate.

Based on the information collected during the visit, the Special Rapporteur will prepare a report to be presented to the Human Rights Council in 2014.

At the end of the visit on Friday, 12 April, Mr. Emmerson will hold a press conference in Ouagadougou to present his preliminary observations. Further details will follow.

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