UN expert’s visit to Slovenia postponed due to air traffic restrictions in Europe

LJUBLJANA / GENEVA (19 April 2010) – The first mission to Slovenia by UN independent expert on human rights, water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, has been postponed due to extended airspace restrictions imposed by European air traffic bodies.

Widespread flying restrictions affecting most of northern Europe have been adopted because of the after-effects of the eruption of an Icelandic volcano, which have made flying too hazardous, according to air traffic authorities.

The UN Human Rights Council envoy was due to visit Slovenia from 19-23 April 2010. A new Media Advisory will be release in the coming weeks, as soon as the mission is rescheduled.

Catarina de Albuquerque is a Portuguese lawyer currently working as a senior legal adviser at the Office for Documentation and Comparative Law (an independent institution under the Portuguese Prosecutor General’s Office) in the area of human rights. She holds a DES in international relations with a specialization in international law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. She was appointed as Independent Expert in September 2008 and took up her functions in November 2008.

Media Advisory announcing mission (now postponed): http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=9964&LangID=E