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Top UN human rights official to visit Afghanistan

Top UN human rights official to visit Afghanistan

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour will visit Afghanistan from 15 to 21 November with the aim of engaging the country’s Government in its efforts to promote and protect human rights.

During her week-long visit to the strife-torn nation, Ms. Arbour will meet with President Hamid Karzai, as well as senior Government officials and representatives of the judiciary and the Parliament, according to a statement issued by her office.

She will also hold discussions with members of the UN family and representatives of the international armed forces operating in the country.

In addition, the High Commissioner will meet with representatives of civil society and victims of human rights violations, as well as with the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission.

This is Ms. Arbour’s second visit to Afghanistan as High Commissioner. Her first visit was in 2005.