UN Independent Expert on Albinism completes her mission to South Africa

By | 27 September 2019

Ms.Ikponwosa Ero, UN Independent Expert on Albinism and Abigail Noko, Head of OHCHR, Southern Africa during a press briefing

The United Nations Independent Expert on Albinism, Ms.Ikponwosa Ero, completed her mission to South Africa underscoring the need to end discrimination against persons with albinism in recognition of their dignity.

During her two-weeks visit she engaged with civil society, communities of people with albinism and government officials. Ms. Ero ended her visit with a press briefing where she shared findings and challenges from her engagements.

Background on the speaker: Ms. Ikponwosa Ero (Nigeria) was designated in June 2015 as the first UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism. The vision of Ms. Ero’s mandate is driven by the cross-cutting principle of the UN Sustainable development goals: “leaving no one behind…starting with the furthest behind first.” Ms. Ero has over a decade of experience in the research, policy development, and practice of human rights concerning persons with albinism. She has advised organizations and governments around the world on human rights concerning persons with albinism.

As the International Advocacy and Legal Officer for Under the Same Sun – an international organization with a focus on albinism – she developed strategic initiatives involving regional and international human rights mechanisms, prepared guiding documents, and oversaw the implementation of recommendations made by the UN and other human rights organizations. Ms. Ero is also the author of numerous papers and articles, particularly with regards to applicable legal frameworks as well as the development and implementation of special measures to facilitate the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism.

More information on the country visit to South Africa: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24985&LangID=E

Ms Jolene Tautakitaki: Tel: +41 79 444 4860 / jtautakitaki@ohchr.org or write to albinism@ohchr.org