UN Commission on Human Rights Invited to Visit Iraq
The special rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, ambassador Andreas Mavrommatis, has been invited by the government of Iraq to visit the country in February 2002, it was announced in Geneva Monday. The UN human rights commission also said that the visit would last for three to four days.
Since 1991, when the commission established the mandate of a special rapporteur on the country, the government of Iraq has accepted only one visit. That mission was conducted in 1992 by the former special rapporteur, Max Van Der Stoel.
Ambassador Mavrommatis has requested to visit Iraq on several occasions since his appointment as special rapporteur in December 1999, and has stressed his willingness to establish a constructive dialogue on human rights with the government, according to the Kuwaiti official news agency (KUNA).
In July 2001, Ambassador Mavrommatis suggested to the government that an exploratory mission of a few days be conducted as the first step in this dialogue with Baghdad. (Albawaba.com)