Senior UN Human Rights Official to visit Coxs Bazar

General Press Releases Friday March 2, 2018 13:26
Bangkok--2 Mar--OHCHR-Bangkok
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour is due to visit Cox's Bazar and Dhaka in Bangladesh between 2 and 5 March.

Gilmour will be in Cox's Bazar from 2 to 4 March, where he will visit camps housing Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and speak to those who fled across the border in recent weeks. The Assistant Secretary-General will also meet with local government officials and non-governmental organisations, as well as UN and other humanitarian partners.

In Dhaka on 5 March, Gilmour is due to meet with senior Government officials and representatives from Bangladesh's National Human Rights Commission to discuss the human rights situation in Cox's Bazar.
At the end of his four-day visit, the UN Assistant Secretary-General will issue a statement to the media.

Andrew Gilmour (United Kingdom) assumed his functions as UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights on 1 October 2016, heading OHCHR's Office in New York. In October 2016, Mr. Gilmour was designated by the UN Secretary-General as senior official to lead the efforts within the UN system to address intimidation and reprisals against those cooperating with the UN on human rights.

For more information, please contact Xabier Celaya (Bangkok): +66 22 882 627 / Cell: +66 84 700 4671 / xabier.celaya@un.org

This year, 2018, is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN on 10 December 1948. The Universal Declaration – translated into a world record 500 languages – is rooted in the principle that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." It remains relevant to everyone, every day. In honour of the 70thanniversary of this extraordinarily influential document, and to prevent its vital principles from being eroded, we are urging people everywhere to Stand Up for Human Rights: www.standup4humanrights.org.


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