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Election of six Members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to replace those whose terms are due to expire on 31 December 2010, and to increase the membership of the Committee by six members to attain a maximum number of eighteen members

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is composed of 12 independent experts - persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights.

Article 34, paragraph 2 provides that after an additional sixty ratifications or accessions to the Convention, the membership of the Committee is foreseen to increase by six members, attaining a maximum number of eighteen members.  On 2 February 2010, France became the 80th State to ratify the Convention. In addition, in accordance with article 34, paragraph 7, the term of six of the members elected at the first election will expire on 31 December 2010. Thus, twelve seats in the Committee must now be filled through an election. 

The third session of the Conference of the States parties to the Convention will take place in New York from 1 to 3 September 2010. The election of twelve members of the Committee will take place on 1 September 2010.

Article 34, paragraph 4 states that “the members of the Committee shall be elected by States parties, consideration being given to equitable geographical distribution, representation of the different forms of civilization and of the principal legal systems, balanced gender representation and participation of experts with disabilities”.

Article 34, paragraph 3 states that “When nominating their candidates, States parties are invited to give due consideration to the provision set out in article 4, paragraph 3, of the present Convention”, according to which “States parties shall closely consult with and actively involve persons with disabilities, including children with disabilities through their representative organizations”.

Members are elected for a term of four years by the Conference of States Parties. Committee Members serve in their personal capacity and may be re-elected once if nominated. Of the new members elected as a result of the expanded membership, three will be elected for a term of two years and the other three for a term of four years. A note by the Secretary-General (Word) explains the procedure for the conduct of the elections.

Nominations are due by 1 July 2010. The nominations and biographical data, preferably in accordance with the biographical data form, should be submitted to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH-1211 Geneva 10 and in ELECTRONIC VERSION (WORD) to registry@ohchr.org.

The current Members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and their terms of office are:

Ms. Amna Ali Al Suweidi (Qatar) - 31/12/2012
Mr. Mohammed Al-Tarawneh (Jordan) - 31/12/2012
Mr. Lotfi Ben Lallohom (Tunisia) - 31/12/2010
Mr. Monsur Ahmed Choudhuri (Bangladesh) - 31/12/2012
Ms. María Soledad Cisternas Reyes (Chile) - 31/12/2012
Mr. György Könczei (Hungary) - 31/12/2010
Ms. Edah Wangechi Maina (Kenya) - 31/12/2010
Mr. Ronald McCallum AO (Australia) - 31/12/2010 
Ms. Ana Peláez Narváez (Spain) - 31/12/2012
Mr. Germán Xavier Torres Correa (Ecuador) - 31/12/2010
Mr. Cveto URŠIČ (Slovenia) - 31/12/2010
Ms. Jia Yang (China) - 31/12/2012

Documentation: 

CV forms: English, French and Spanish (Word)

QAs on the CRPD (Word)

CVs of Candidates for the 2010 Elections

* Received before official deadline: 01/07/2010

 Names of candidates + CV 

Nationality

Received

Term expires 

Mr. Mukhtar bin Mohamed bin Mussalam Al RAWAHI (Word)  Oman * .
Mr. Martin Mwesigwa BABU (Word)  Uganda 04/08/2010
Mr. Hatem A. BARRI (Word)  Saudi Arabia 23/07/2010 .
Mr. Luis Guillermo BULIT GONI [Spanish version] (Word)  Argentina * .
Ms. Theresia DEGENER (Word)  Germany * .
Mr. Alpha Boubacar DIOP [French version ] (Word)  Guinea 07/07/2010 .
Mr. Gábor GOMBOS (Word)  Hungary * .
Ms. Fatiha HADJ SALAH (Word)  Algeria * .
Mr. Jaime Eulogio HUERTA PERALTA (Word)  Peru * .
Mr.Nahid Mohamed KHAIRY (Word)  Sudan 25/08/2010 .
Mr. Hyung Shik KIM (Word)  Republic of Korea * .
Mr. Lotfi Ben LALLAHOM [Arabic version] (Word)  Tunisia * .
Mr. Stig LANGVAD (Word)  Denmark * .
Ms. Edah Wangechi MAINA (Word)  Kenya * .
Mr. Ronald Clive McCALLUM (Word)  Australia * .
Mr. Sivalingum MOODLEY (Word)  South Africa 08/07/2010 .
Prof. Mwanalushi MUYUNDA (Word)  Zambia * .
Ms. Berta Luz PASCUAL MELARA [Spanish version] (Word)  El Salvador * .
Mr. Lauro de Leon PURCIL (Word)  Philippines 10/08/2010 .
Ms. Silvia Judith QUANG CHANG (Word)  Guatemala * .
Mr. Carlos RIOS ESPINOSA (Word)  Mexico * .
Mr. Damjan TATIC (Word)  Serbia * .
Mr. Germán Xavier TORRES CORREA (Word)  Ecuador * .

 

Table of 2010 Elections Results

* Drawn by lot by the President to serve 2-year terms 

 Names of candidates + CV 

Nationality

Results

Term

Ms. Theresia DEGENER (Word)

 Germany

Elected 4-year term

Jan 2011-Dec 2014

Mr. Gábor GOMBOS (Word)

 Hungary

*Elected 2-year term

Jan 2011-Dec 2012

Ms. Fatiha HADJ SALAH (Word)

 Algeria

*Elected 2-year term

Jan 2011-Dec 2012

Mr. Hyung Shik KIM (Word)

 Republic of Korea

Elected 4-year term

Jan 2011-Dec 2014

Mr. Lotfi Ben LALLAHOM [Arabic version] (Word)

 Tunisia

RE-Elected 4-year term

Jan 2011-Dec 2014

Mr. Stig LANGVAD (Word)

 Denmark

Elected 4-year term

Jan 2011-Dec 2014

Ms. Edah Wangechi MAINA (Word)

 Kenya

RE-Elected 4-year term

Jan 2011-Dec 2014

Mr. Ronald Clive McCALLUM (Word)

 Australia

RE-Elected 4-year term

Jan 2011-Dec 2014

Ms. Silvia Judith QUANG CHANG (Word)

 Guatemala

*Elected 2-year term

Jan 2011-Dec 2012

Mr. Carlos RIOS ESPINOSA (Word)

 Mexico

Elected 4-year term

Jan 2011-Dec 2014

Mr. Damjan TATIC (Word)

 Serbia

Elected 4-year term

Jan 2011-Dec 2014

Mr. Germán Xavier TORRES CORREA (Word)

 Ecuador

RE-Elected 4-year term

Jan 2011-Dec 2014

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