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Elections of the Members of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances, 31 May 2011

United Nations Headquarters in New York, Conference Room 2, North Lawn Building

The first meeting of the States parties to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance was held on 31 May 2011 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The main purpose of the meeting was to elect 10 members of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances.

To preside over the first meeting of States parties, the Meeting elected Mr. Jorge Martín Arturo Argüello (Argentina) as Chairperson of the Meeting as well as the following three Vice Chairs: Mr. Hamid Al Bayati (Iraq); Ms. Béatrice Le Fraper du Hellen (France) and Ms. Admira Jorgji (Albania).

In accordance with article 26 of the Convention, States parties elected by secret ballot 10 members of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances.

Name

Nationality

Mr. Mohammed AL-OBAIDI

Iraq

Mr. Mamadou Badio CAMARA

Senegal

Mr. Emmanuel DECAUX

France

Mr. Alvaro GARCÉ GARCÍA Y SANTOS

Uruguay

Mr. Luciano HAZAN

Argentina

Mr. Rainer HUHLE

Germany

Ms. Suela JANINA

Albania

Mr. Juan José LÓPEZ ORTEGA

Spain

Mr. Enoch MULEMBE

Zambia

Mr. Kimio YAKUSHIJI

Japan

Two thirds of the States parties constitute a quorum, and the persons elected to the Committee are those nominees who obtained the largest number of votes and an absolute majority of the votes of the representatives of States parties present and voting.

Committee members serve in their personal capacities, and not as representatives of the States parties which present their candidature.

In accordance with article 26, paragraph 4, the following candidates whose names were chosen by lot will serve for a period of two years only: Mr. Mohammed Al-Obaidi (Iraq), Mr. Luciano Hazan (Argentina), Mr. Juan José López Ortega (Spain), Mr. Enoch Mulembe (Zambia), and Mr. Kimio Yakushiji (Japan). The remaining elected candidates will serve for four years.

A panel discussion entitled ‘The International Convention on Enforced Disappearances: ending impunity and preventing new victims’, was conducted under agenda item 7. The aim of the panel discussion was to raise the visibility and promote ratification of the Convention.

The following documents were issued for the first meeting of States parties:

Provisional Agenda

CED/SP/1/1

 A C E F R S

Rules of Procedure

CED/SP/1

 E

Curricula Vitae of Candidates

CED/SP/1/2

A C E F R S

Addendum

CED/SP/1/2/Add.1

E F

Summary record

CED/SP/SR/1/2011

E


The Convention

The Convention
Text of the Convention
Status of ratification
Elaboration of the Convention
Letter dated 25 January 2012 to Member States promoting ratification and cooperation with the Committee"
E F S (PDF)

 

The Committee and its work

Elections
Urgent Actions

Guidance and Model for the request for an urgent action by the Committee on Enforced Disappearances
E F S

 

Petitions

Guidance and Model Form for submission of communications to the Committee on Enforced Disappearances
E-F-S

 

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Amnesty International

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International Federation for Human Rights

International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances

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