Human rights

UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet visits Burkina Faso and Niger

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, today begins an official seven-day mission to Burkina Faso and Niger, at the invitation of their respective governments.

Bachelet will be in Burkina Faso until December 1. During her visit, she is due to meet President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, Prime Minister Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré and several other senior officials. She is also due to meet with the President of the National Assembly and the National Human Rights Commission.

In Niger, from December 1 to 4, the UN human rights chief is due to meet with President Mohamed Bazoum, Prime Minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou and several other senior officials. She is also due to meet with the President of the National Assembly and the National Human Rights Commission.

During his visits to the two countries, Bachelet will engage with human rights defenders, community and religious leaders, victims of human rights violations and abuses, people displaced by armed conflict and the effects climate change, as well as civil society organizations working on a multitude of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. She will also meet with senior officers of the G5 Sahel Joint Force.

At the end of his mission in Burkina Faso, Bachelet is due to hold a press conference on December 1 at 12:30 p.m. local time.

The High Commissioner will also conclude her visit to Niger with a press conference on December 4 at 4:00 p.m. local time.

More details on the two press conferences, including registration instructions, will follow in media advisories to be published locally.

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