Who: United Nations Special Rapporteur On the contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Mr Mutuma Ruteere.
When: 5 December 2016, 12.30 – 13:30
Where: UN Information Centre, Level 1, 7 National Circuit, Barton, Canberra (John McEwen House)
His visit: He is on a follow-up visit to Australia to gather first-hand information on the situation of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in the country.
The Special Rapporteur will share his preliminary findings and recommendations at the press conference
Below is a link to original media announcement of visit with supplementary information:
Human rights: UN expert on racism launches follow-up visit to Australia
This is the only opportunity for media during the visit. Please note parking is scarce in Barton.
Please let us know if you are able to attend. Refreshments available.
Link to the Special Procedures page ( the Special Rapporteur is part of a group known as Special Procedures who are independent experts appointed by the Human Rights Council.
The UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights provides Secretariat Support to the Human Rights Council and also the Special Procedures )
Ladies and gentlemen,
As Secretary-General, I have visited Switzerland more times than any other country in the world.
This Palais des Nations is my second home. I thank Switzerland for generously supporting our Strategic Heritage Plan, which is securing these premises for future generations.
Geneva is the UN’s starting point to lead the world’s response to humanitarian suffering, human rights abuses, pandemics, labour problems and more.
Geneva also generously hosts important mediation processes.
Many of you have been closely following the Syrian talks. Thank you for keeping the spotlight on this catastrophic crisis.
My Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, has been doing everything possible to impress on the parties – and influential countries – that there can be no military solution.
We are out of words to express our outrage at the carnage, especially in Aleppo. The brutality is unrelenting. I strongly condemn the deliberate campaign against civilians and health workers and humanitarian personnel trying to save them. The parties have first obligation, countries with influence are also responsible for ending the attacks.
Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for this opportunity.
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