Press Releases

     

    HR/4687
    IK/373
    20 August 2003

    ACTING HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS EXPRESSES
    SHOCK, OUTRAGE OVER EXPLOSION IN BAGHDAD

     

      NEW YORK, 19 August (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan:

    “We are deeply shocked and outraged by the explosion at United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad.  We are anxiously awaiting further information on the situation of our dear friends and colleagues, including the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello.  Our thoughts are foremost with them and with their families.  Such a despicable act directed at people whose only aim is to assist the people of Iraq recover from war and years of oppression is to be condemned by the whole international community.”

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