UN human rights office to send human rights fact-finding mission to Kenya

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Geneva, 5 February 2008 – Following the agreement late last week from the Government of Kenya, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Louise Arbour, will deploy a fact-finding mission to assess allegations of grave human rights violations committed in Kenya in the recent weeks. The mission is set to arrive in Nairobi on Wednesday, 6 February 2008 and will conduct research for an initial period of approximately three weeks.

The mission will gather first-hand information from diverse sources including victims and witnesses, government officials, representatives of the opposition, civil society organizations, the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights, and other stakeholders.

"Truth and accountability are of critical importance in putting an end to the violence and preventing future human rights violations.", High Commissioner Arbour said.

The mission's findings, which will include recommendations on accountability mechanisms, will be made public by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.