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Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Biographies of Commissioners


CURRENT COMMISSIONERS

Michael Donald Kirby (Australia)

Michael Donald Kirby (Australia)Retired judge, jurist and academic. Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1996 to 2009. President of the International Commission of Jurists (1995-98), member of UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (1996), President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands (1995-1996); Member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (1988-1991); and Special Representative of UN Secretary-General for Cambodia (1994-96). Special concerns have included human rights, the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and the impact of science and technology on society and its laws. In the past he has been involved in issues raised by HIV/AIDS, including sexuality and the law.

Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia)

Currently Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK. Member of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons for Sri Lanka, and has served as Chair of the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission as well as Attorney General of the Republic of Indonesia 1999 to 2001. In 2010, assigned as Chair of the UN Secretary General's Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka. In 2009, appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to a three-member UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Law graduate from the Catholic University of Parahyangan Bandung, Indonesia and has received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the same university.

Sonja Biserko (Serbia)

Founder and president of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia. Written extensively on the wars in the former Yugoslavia and war crimes including on the Srebrenica genocide, the fall of Vukovar, and accounts of the trials of Slobodan Milosevic and Vojislav Seselj. Founding member of a European movement in Yugoslavia and the Centre for Anti-War Action in the Belgrade Forum for International Relations. Senior fellow in the United States Institute of Peace.  In 1994 she received the Human Rights Award of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in New York. In 2005 was one of 1,000 women in the group 1,000 Women for Peace nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Awarded the 2009 Human Rights Prize of the City of Weimar (Germany) jointly with Jestina Mukoko. In 2010 awarded the Human Rights Award of the University of Oslo. Holds a degree from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics.

Biographies in Japanese and Korean

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