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Thursday November 11, 2010

UN Representative Heads to Bolivia to Assess Human Rights Situation

The United Nations human rights chief will be visiting Bolivia later this week to discuss progress and issues of concern with government officials, as well as representatives of the legislature, the judiciary and civil society.

The visit which starts tomorrow comes amid a recent agreement between the UN and the Bolivian government allowing a Human Rights Commission office to exist a further three years, until 2013.

The country office, set up in 2007, provides technical assistance to State institutions and civil society organizations, promotes human rights, and monitors and reports on the status of human rights in the South American nation.

The visit is intended to help the High Commissioner obtain first-hand understanding of current dynamics in the country relating to human rights, including progress and specific issues of concern, as well as examine ways in which her office can provide further support and advice.

During the visit UN officials will meet with President Evo Morales Ayma, Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca, Justice Minister Nilda Copa Condori and other senior government officials, as well as representatives of the National Assembly and the Judiciary.  They will also meet with indigenous authorities – including Afro-Bolivian organizations – to discuss a range of human rights issues.