UN postpones high-level human rights mission due to hurricane alert in the Caribbean

NEW YORK / PORT-AU-PRINCE / GENEVA (23 August 2012) – The announced official visit to Haiti by a senior United Nations human rights official has been postponed due to a hurricane warning in the Caribbean. According to weather forecasts for the region, tropical storm Isaac is expected to grow into a hurricane by the time it hits Hispaniola on Friday 24.

Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović was due to visit Haiti from 22 to 25 August to discuss deep-rooted human rights challenges with the government, UN officials, the international community and civil society. The official mission will be rescheduled, with further details to follow.

Mr. Šimonović was scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, the President of the Senate, Dieuseul Simon Desras and the President of the Lower Chamber, Levaillant Louis Jeune. He also was scheduled to talk with the leadership of the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the UN Country Team, the diplomatic corps and civil society representatives.

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New York: Linnea Arvidsson, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (+1 917 288 0529 / arvidsson@un.org)

UN Human Rights Country Page – Haiti: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/LACRegion/Pages/HTIndex.aspx

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