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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Members

At its thirty-third session, the Human Rights Council elected, in accordance with its annual programme of work, Advisory Committee members for the seven vacant seats. Of the seven vacancies, there were two vacancies for African States, two for Asia-Pacific States, one for Eastern European States, one for Latin American and Caribbean States and one for Western European and other States. The newly elected Advisory Committee members are: Lazhari Bouzid (Algeria, 2019); Xinsheng Liu (China, 2019); Mona Omar (Egypt, 2019). The following four experts were re-elected for a second term as members of the Advisory Committee:  Karla Hananía de Varela* (El Salvador, 2019); Mikhail Lebedev* (Russian Federation, 2019); Kaoru Obata* (Japan, 2019); and Jean Ziegler* (Switzerland, 2019).

In accordance with resolution 5/1 of the Human Rights Council, the Advisory Committee is composed of 18 experts serving in their personal capacity: five from African as well as from Asian States; two from Eastern European States; and three from Latin American and Caribbean States, as well as from Western European and other States.

Members serve for a period of three years and are eligible for re-election once. Elections of new members currently take place once a year at the September session of the Human Rights Council. For further information on the nomination procedure of candidates click here.

The full list of current members of the Advisory Committee and their respective terms of office are set out below:


MEMBERS

TERM EXPIRES ON 30 SEPTEMBER

Ibrahim Abdul Aziz Alsheddi

Mr. ALSHEDDI Ibrahim Abdulaziz
(Saudi Arabia)

 2018

Mohamed Bennani

Mr. BENNANI Mohamed
(Morocco)

 2017

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes

Ms. BOISSON DE CHAZOURNES Laurence
(France)

2017*

Mr. BOUZID Lazhari

Mr. BOUZID Lazhari
(Algeria)

2019

Mario L. Coriolano Mr. CORIOLANO Mario Luis
(Argentina)
2018*
Karla Hananía de Varela

Ms. HANANÍA DE VARELA Karla
(El Salvador)

2019*

Mikhail Lebedev

Mr. LEBEDEV Mikhail
(Russian Federation)

2019*

  Mr. LIU Xinsheng
(China)
 2019
Kaoru Obata

Mr. OBATA Kaoru
(Japan)

2019*

Obiora Chinedu Okafor

Mr. OKAFOR Obiora
(Nigeria)

2017*

Ms. OMAR Mona Ms. OMAR Mona
(Egypt)
 2019
Katharina Pabel

Ms. PABEL Katharina
(Austria)

2018*

Anantonia Reyes Prado

Ms. REYES PRADO Anatonia
(Guatemala)

2017*

Mr Changrok Soh

Mr. SOH Changrok
(Republic of Korea)

 2017

Ahmer Bilal Soofi

Mr. SOOFI Ahmer Bilal
(Pakistan)

2017*

Imeru Tamrat Yigezu

Mr. YIGEZU Imeru Tamrat
(Ethiopia)

2018*

Jean Ziegler

Mr. ZIEGLER Jean
(Switzerland)

2019*

* Member serving second term

Background

On 2 October 2015, at its thirtieth session, the Council elected one new expert: Mr. Ibrahim Abdul Aziz Alsheddi (Saudi Arabia), Mr. Mario Luis Coriolano (Argentina), Ms. Katharina Pabel (Austria), and Mr. Imeru Tamrat Yigezu (Ehtiopia) were re-elected for a second term.

On 26 September 2014, at its twenty-seventh session, the Council elected three new experts: Mr. Mohamed Bennani (Morocco), Ms. Laura-Maria Crăciunean (Romania) and Mr. Changrok Soh (Republic of Korea). Ms. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (France), Mr. Obiora Chinedu Okafor (Nigeria), Ms. Anantonia Reyes Prado (Guatemala) and Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (Pakistan) were re-elected for a second term.

The Human Rights Council elected one new member at its twenty-fifth session in March 2014 for the vacant seat in the Advisory Committee from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States: Ms. Karla Hananía de Varela (El Salvador).

The Council elected the five new members at its twenty-fourth session in September 2013:

On 26 September 2013, at its twenty-fourth session, the Council elected five new experts: Ms. Hoda Elsadda (Egypt), Mr. Alexandrovich Mikhail Lebedev (Russian Federation), Mr. Kaoru Obata (Japan), Mr. Yishan Zhang (China) and Mr. Jean Ziegler (Switzerland). Mr. Alfred Ntunduguru Karokora (Uganda) was re-elected for a second term.

The new members are replacing Mr. José Antonio Bengoa Cabello (Chile), Ms. Chinsung Chung (Republic of Korea), Mr. Wolfgang Stefan Heinz (Germany), Mr.Vladimir Kartashkin (Russian Federation), Mr. Shigeki Sakamoto (Japan) and Ms. Mona Zulficar (Egypt), who concluded their term as members of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on 30 September 2013 in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1 and Council decision 18/121.

One seat for a member of the Committee from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States remains vacant given that no nomination was received from the Latin American and Caribbean region. The election of the member for that group is scheduled to take place at the 25th session of the Council in March 2014.

The Council elected the four new members at its twenty-first session in September 2012:

On 28 September 2012, at its twenty-first session, the Council elected four new experts: Mr. Saeed Mohamed Al Faihani (Bahrain), Mr. Mario L. Coriolano (Argentina), Ms. Katharina Pabel (Austria), and Mr. Imeru Tamrat Yigezu (Ethiopia).

The new members are replacing Mr. D’Escoto Brockman (Nicaragua), Mr. Chen (China), Mrs. Warzazi (Morocco) and Mr. Ziegler who concluded their term as members of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on 30 September 2012 in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1 and Council decision 18/121.

Following the demise of Ms. Purification Quisumbing in December 2011, the Human Rights Council elected, at its nineteenth session in March 2012, Ms. Cecilia Rachel V. Quisumbing (Philippines) as a member of the Advisory Committee to serve until the end of the term.

On 23 March 2011, at its sixteenth session, the Council elected seven experts to the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee: Ms. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (France), Mr. Latif Huseynov (Azerbaijan), Mr. Obiora Chinedu Okafor (Nigeria), Ms. Purificacion Quisumbing (Philippines), Ms. Anantonia Reyes Prado (Guatemala), Mr. Dheerujall Baramlall Seetulsingh (Mauritius), and Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi (Pakistan).

On 26 March 2010, at its thirteenth session, the Council elected seven experts to the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee: Mr. José Antonio Bengoa Cabello (Chile), Ms. Chinsung Chung (Republic of Korea), Mr. Wolfang Stefan Heinz (Germany), Mr. Alfred Ntunduguru Karokora (Uganda), Mr. Vladimir Kartashkin (Russian Federation), Mr. Shigeki Sakamoto (Japan), and Ms. Mona Zulficar (Egypt).

The 18 initial members of the Advisory Committee were elected on 26 March 2008. In accordance with resolution 5/1, the staggering of terms of membership was determined by drawing lots immediately after the election. Hence, for the first term, one-third of the experts served for one year only, another third served for two years and the remaining members served for a full membership term of three years.

Elections to be held at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council

A/HRC/33/3
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Previous elections of members of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee

A/HRC/30/17
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A/HRC/27/17
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A/HRC/27/17/Add.1
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A/HRC/25/18
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A/HRC/25/18/Add.1
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A/HRC/24/17
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A/HRC/24/17/Add.1
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A/HRC/21/17
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A/HRC/21/17/Add.1
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A/HRC/19/81
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A/HRC/16/19
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A/HRC/16/19/Add.1
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A/HRC/13/67
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A/HRC/13/67/Add.1
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