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MFA: Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons at the UN Human Rights Council Claudia Mahler to visit Finland


Claudia Mahler, Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons at the UN Human Rights Council, will visit Finland from 26 October to 4 November. This is the first time that an Independent Expert on the human rights by older persons, mandated in 2014, visits the Nordic countries. The purpose of the visit is to prepare a report on the legislation related to the rights of older people and on the implementation of their rights in Finland for the UN Human Rights Council. The Independent Expert will present her report and recommendations concerning Finland to the Human Rights Council in its autumn session of 2022, where Finland will participate in the interactive dialogue.

During her visit to Finland, Independent Expert Mahler will meet with Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto, Minister of Social Affairs and Health Hanna Sarkkinen and Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru. In addition, she will have several meetings with senior government officials, Finnish authorities and representatives of organisations, researchers and relevant stakeholders in the sector.

The mandate of the Independent Expert on the human rights of older persons is part of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, which are strongly supported by Finland. The independent experts report and issue recommendations to the Human Rights Council and to the government in question.


Ann-Mari Fröberg, Team Leader, Unit for Human Rights Policy, tel. +358 295 350 896 and Hanna Gehör, First Secretary, tel. +358 295 350 641.

The Foreign Ministry’s email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname@formin.fi.

Contact person for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR): Hee-Kyong Yoo, p. +41 79 752 04 81, yoo(at)un.org

Press Release on the website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights



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