27 October 2006

Sigma Huda, United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, will visit Bahrain, Oman and Qatar from 29 October to 12 November 2006.

The Special Rapporteur is scheduled to visit Manama, Muscat and Doha to gather first-hand information on the question of trafficking in persons, especially women and children. She is expected to meet with representatives of the Government, civil society organizations, persons affected by trafficking and United Nations officials. A report on the three visits will be presented to the Human Rights Council.

Ms. Huda, advocate and human rights defender in Bangladesh, was appointed as United Nations Special Rapporteur by the Human Rights Commission, the predecessor of the Human Rights Council, in October 2004. Since then she has carried out fact-finding missions to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Lebanon in February and September 2005 respectively.