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Country visit: Oman

Sep 18 2014

Maina Kiai undertook an official mission to the Sultanate of Oman Sept. 8-13, 2014. The visit was carried out pursuant to his mandate to assess the situation of freedoms of peaceful assembly and association in the country. At the conclusion of his visit, the Special Rapporteur congratulated Oman at a press conference for its remarkable economic development over the past 40 years, but said that it was now “time for Oman to build on these achievements by adopting a human rights and people-centred approach that can lead to the full enjoyment of fundamental rights and freedoms, including rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.” The expert noted a “consistent focus” on maintaining peace, order and stability in the country, which is often used for limiting assembly and association rights. This, in turn, creates “a pervasive culture of silence and fear affecting anyone who wants to speak and work … Continue reading →

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Country Visit: Rwanda (A/HRC/26/29/Add.2)

Jun 10 2014

Maina Kiai undertook an official mission to Rwanda from Jan. 20-27, 2014. The visit was carried out pursuant to his mandate to assess the situation of freedoms of peaceful assembly and association in the country. In this report, the Special Rapporteur commends Rwanda for its “progress in the areas of good governance, including rule of law and institution-building, and in ensuring stability and security.” But he also notes that the country’s approach to achieving reconciliation is undermined by the limited space to dissenting voices. “Several interlocutors emphasized that Rwanda favors a political order based on so-called ‘consensus,’ ” Kiai told the Human Rights Council when he presented the report on June 10, 2014. “But this consensus is led by the ruling party and, as a result, discourages public criticism and dissent.” The report is available at the links below (translations will be uploaded as they become available): English • Français • Español … Continue reading →

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Country Visit: United Kingdom (A/HRC/23/39/Add.1)

Jun 17 2013

Maina Kiai undertook an official mission to the United Kingdom of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from Jan. 14-23, 2013. The visit was carried out pursuant to his mandate to assess the situation of freedoms of peaceful assembly and association in the country. The Special Rapporteur details positive measures by the authorities, but also documents a number of areas for concern in relation to freedom of peaceful assembly in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Mr. Kiai also details his concerns in relation to counter-terrorism measures and restrictions on trade unionism. The Special Rapporteur’s report was officially released on June 17, 2013, and is available in all six official UN languages at the links below: English • Français • Español • Arabic • Chinese • Russian The government of the United Kingdom’s response to the report, dated May 28, 2013, is available in English only: UK response: Document A/HRC/23/39/Add.3 The … Continue reading →

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Country Visit: Republic of Georgia (A/HRC/20/27/Add.2)

Jun 08 2012

UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai undertook an official mission to the Republic of Georgia from Feb. 6-13, 2012, at the invitation of the Georgian government. The visit was carried out pursuant to his mandate to assess the situation of freedoms of peaceful assembly and association in the country. Mr. Kiai visited the cities of Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi, and held meetings with Government officials, non-governmental organizations, trade unions, political party officials and representatives of the international community based in Tbilisi. Since the “Rose Revolution”, Georgia has experienced a remarkable period of reforms in many areas of public life. The Special Rapporteur considers, however, that these improvements should not be taken for granted. A climate of fear and intimidation against members of opposition political parties and civil society could seriously threaten this path. In the light of the 2012 parliamentary and 2013 presidential elections, more efforts to ensure protection of the … Continue reading →

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