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UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health visits Kyrgyzstan


BISHKEK/GENEVA (21 May 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Dainius Pūras, will conduct an official visit to the Kyrgyz Republic from 22 to 31 May 2018.

During his 10-day visit, Mr. Pūras will be looking at the efforts undertaken in the country to realise the right to physical and mental health, including measures taken for its successful realization and obstacles faced. The Special Rapporteur is coming to Kyrgyzstan at the invitation of the Government.

“I look forward to engaging with Kyrgyz authorities, civil society and the international community to assess the enjoyment of the right to health, including availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of healthcare, as well as the underlying determinants of health,” he said. Mr. Pūras is interested in looking at factors that affect the right to health in the country, including poverty, discrimination, and social exclusion.

“I am particularly interested in issues related to access to primary healthcare; mental health; health in detention; sexual and reproductive health rights, and in assessing the situation of groups facing specific forms of vulnerability, including migrants, refugees and minorities, persons with disabilities, adolescents and prisoners,” added the expert.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health will share his preliminary observations on the visit with the media at a press conference on 31 May 2018 noon at the UN house, 160 Chui Avenue, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. Please note that access to the press conference is strictly limited to journalists. 

Mr. Pūras will present a comprehensive report on his visit to the Kyrgyz Republic to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2019.

The Special Rapporteur is an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to help States, and others, promote and protect the right to the highest attainable standard of health (right to health). Dainius Pūras (Lithuania) is a medical doctor with notable expertise on mental health, child health, and public health policies. He is a Professor and the Head of the Centre for Child psychiatry social paediatrics at Vilnius University, and teaches at the Faculty of Medicine, Institute of International relations and political science and Faculty of Philosophy of Vilnius University, Lithuania.
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The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

OHCHR Country page – Kyrgyzstan

For press inquiries and additional information, please contact:
In Bishkek (during the visit): Mr. Bakai Albanov (+996 312 388249, ext.229 / balbanov@ohchr.org) Lucía de la Sierra (+ 41 79 444 4552/ ldelasierra@ohchr.org)

In Geneva (during the visit): Brenda Vukovic (+41 22 917 9635 / bvukovic@ohchr.org)

For media inquiries related to other UN independent experts: Mr. Jeremy Laurence, UN Human Rights – Media Unit (+ 41 22 917 9383 / jlaurence@ohchr.org)     

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