YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Margaret Sekaggya, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, will conduct her first fact-finding mission in Armenia from June 14-18.
The UN envoy will visit Armenia at the invitation of the Government. It will be the first trip to Armenia by a UN Human Rights envoy since 2000.
“The recent review of Armenia’s human rights record in the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council,” the independent expert said, “provides a good opportunity to discuss the recommendations pertinent to the human rights defenders mandate and to assess the mechanisms the government has already and intends to put in place in the future in order to implement them.”
Sekaggya said the mission’s goal is to personally evaluate “in an objective and impartial manner, the situation of human rights defenders in the country, and to initiate a process of constructive cooperation with the authorities.”
As part of her investigation, the Special Rapporteur will meet with State officials, representatives of the legislative and judicial branches, a broad segment of civil society and the press, representatives of UN agencies and regional human rights organizations, and the diplomatic corps.
Sekaggya, a lawyer from Uganda, was appointed Special Rapporteur in March 2008 by the UN Human Rights Council. She is independent from any Government and serves in her individual capacity.
A final report on her visit will be presented to the Human Rights Council in 2011.