UN Special Rapporteur due in Sierra Leone
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of environmentally-sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes is due in Sierra Leone next week.
The government has announced that Baskut Tuncak is to embark on a week-long visit to enable him gain first-hand understanding of human rights and their connection with the issue of the handling and disposal of toxic and other hazardous substances.
Mr Tuncak is scheduled to arrive in Freetown on Monday 14 August and depart Friday 25 August, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.
Tuncak has been in office since August 2014 and conducted four official country visits to the United Kingdom, Germany, the Republic of Korea and Kazakhstan. This visit to Sierra Leone is his first-ever to an African country in his capacity as UN special rapporteur.
While in Freetown, he will hold talks with state and private sector officials, as well as representatives of civil society, to learn about their experiences, successes and challenges in the promotion and protection of human rights as they relate to the issue of the handling and disposal of toxic and other hazardous substances.
He will also assess the country's policies, laws and regulations with regards to international human rights standards and obligations, and make practical recommendations on how to ensure that human rights are respected when dealing with the question of toxic and other hazardous substances.