UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues to Visit Spain

2019-01-14
UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues to Visit Spain

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes, will visit Spain from 14-25 January, 2019 to gather information on the situation of minorities in the country.

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Fernand de Varennes, UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, will make a country visit to Spain from 14-25 January, 2019 in order to collect information on the situation of minorities in the country, as well as to identify good practices and areas for improvement.

The Special Rapporteur's visit will focus on existing policies for the protection and promotion of the rights of persons belonging to national, ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities. In particular, he will examine the issue of access to quality education, including in minority languages, as well as questions relating to freedom of religion, problems over inclusion and political participation, and the fight against intolerance and hate speech.

The Special Rapporteur plans to include a strong gender perspective, and address issues faced by minority women and girls. He will also give attention to vulnerable minorities, such as the Roma, Muslims, and migrants.

During his visit, the Special Rapporteur will visit various regions in the country, including Andalusia, Galicia, and the Basque country. He will meet with officials from different levels of government, as well as representatives of civil society and members of minority communities.

The Special Rapporteur will share his preliminary findings and recommendations at a news conference at the UNWTO, Calle del Capitán Haya, 42, 28020 Madrid, at 12.00 local time on January 25, 2019. He will also prepare a comprehensive report of his visit for a forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council.

More information about the Special Rapporteur on minority issues is available on his homepage.

More information about Spain can be found on the UN human rights country page for Spain.