The Special Rapporteur of the Commission
on Human Rights on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Roberto Garreton, will be visiting that country from 16 to 23 February.
This will be the Special Rapporteur's first mission to the Congo since
the establishment of the Government led by President Laurent Desiré Kabila
in May 1997. Mr. Garreton had repeatedly sought to be allowed to visit
the country following his field mission to eastern Congo in early 1997.
His most recent request was dated 7 January 1999. The Government announced
the decision to invite him to the Congo on 11 January.