What: The UN Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights Mr. Okechukwu IBEANU pays a visit to Ukraine on 22-30 January, 2007. Following the invitation of the Government of Ukraine, Mr. Ibeanu will meet with the representatives of the respective ministries and civil society organizations to discuss the state of affairs in Ukraine with the transboundary movement and dumping of dangerous products and their effects on human rights. The press-conference on the results of this visit will be held on January 30.

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What: The UN Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights Mr. Okechukwu IBEANU pays a visit to Ukraine on 22-30 January, 2007. Following the invitation of the Government of Ukraine, Mr. Ibeanu will meet with the representatives of the respective ministries and civil society organizations to discuss the state of affairs in Ukraine with the transboundary movement and dumping of dangerous products and their effects on human rights. The press-conference on the results of this visit will be held on January 30.

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What: The UN Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights Mr. Okechukwu IBEANU pays a visit to Ukraine on 22-30 January, 2007. Following the invitation of the Government of Ukraine, Mr. Ibeanu will meet with the representatives of the respective ministries and civil society organizations to discuss the state of affairs in Ukraine with the transboundary movement and dumping of dangerous products and their effects on human rights. The press-conference on the results of this visit will be held on January 30.

Who: Mr. Okechukwu IBEANU, Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights; Mr. Allan SKURBATY, Human Rights Advisor, UN in Ukraine.

When/Where: On 30 January, 2007 at 11:30 at UN House, (1 Klovsky uzviz)

The Media are invited to register and confirm attendance by 17.00, 29 January 2007 - please call Ms. Veronika VASHCHENKO 254-00-35, 253-93-63, 8 067 927 60 38.

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With resolution 1995/81, adopted on March 8, 1995, the Commission on Human Rights decided to appoint a special rapporteur for a period of three years with a mandate to:

(a) Investigate and examine the effects of the illicit dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes in on the enjoyment of human rights, in particular on the human rights to life and health of everyone;

(b) Investigate, monitor, examine and receive communications and gather information on the illicit traffic and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes;

(c) Make recommendations and proposals on adequate measures to control, reduce and eradicate the illicit traffic in, transfer to and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes;

(d) Produce annually a list of the countries and transnational corporations engaged in the illicit dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes and a census of human persons killed, maimed or otherwise injured in the developing countries through this heinous act.

The visit of Mr. IBEANU to Ukraine will include meetings with senior Ukrainian officials, representatives of judiciary, parlamentarians, UN officials, non-governmental organizations dealing with the issues around toxic wastes and their impact on enjoyment of human rights, as well as on-site visits to Zakarpattya and Lviv to better understand problems associated with the illicit dumping of dangerous toxic wastes and and their adverse effect on local communities in Ukraine. The Special Rapporteur will develop recommendations and present a special report on the results of his mission to the Human Rights Council.

Mr. Ibeanu was appointed Special Rapporteur in 2004. He is a professor of political science at the University of Nigeria and has published widely on environment issues, including on the links between environment, security and human rights.

Special Rapporteur is a title given to individuals working on behalf of the United Nations who bear a specific mandate from the former UN Commission on Human Rights to investigate, monitor and recommend solutions to human rights problems. They act independently of governments. They do not receive any financial compensation for their work, but they receive personnel and logistical support from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Some of these experts are called Special Representatives or Independent Experts. Special Rapporteurs often conduct fact-finding missions to countries to investigate allegations of human rights violations. They can only visit countries that have agreed to invite them.

Aside from fact-finding missions, Rapporteurs regularly assess and verify complaints from alleged victims of human rights violations. Once a complaint is verified as legitimate, an urgent letter or appeal is sent to the government that has allegedly committed the violation.