Special Rapporteur on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography to visit Albania and Greece

The Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Juan Miguel Petit, will visit Albania from 31 October to 7 November 2005 and Greece from 8 to 14 November.

Mr. Petit will examine in both countries the trafficking of children for prostitution and other purposes. The Special Rapporteur is scheduled to visit Tirana, Korca, Elbasan and Athens. His visits will include meetings with government authorities, representatives of the judiciary, parliamentarians, representatives of non-governmental organizations, United Nations officials and individuals dealing with issues related to the mandate. On completion of the missions, the Special Rapporteur will prepare reports to be presented at the sixty-second session of the Commission on Human Rights in March-April 2006
Mr. Petit, a journalist and social scientist, was appointed Special Rapporteur in July 2001 by the Commission. Since then, he has carried out field visits to South Africa, France, Brazil, Paraguay and Romania.
For further information on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur please go the following web address: www.ohchr.org/english/issues/children/rapporteur

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