Rita Izsák-Ndiaye (Hungary)
Ms. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, Special Rapporteur on minority issues
© Mr. Miklós Déri (Hungary)
Ms. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye (Hungary) was appointed as Independent Expert on minority issues by the Human Rights Council and assumed her functions on 1st August 2011. She was renewed as Special Rapporteur on minority issues in 2014. She is the second mandate holder, she is independent from any government or organization and serves in her individual capacity. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye holds a Masters in Law diploma from the Péter Pázmány Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary. Inspired by her own experiences of prejudice and discrimination - her father's family was forcibly moved under post-war population transfers from Czechoslovakia (present day Slovakia) to Hungary due to their Hungarian ethnicity in 1947 and her mother is of Romani origin - she has been working on human and minority rights since her university years. She started her career in the Budapest-based European Roma Rights Center and later became a Consultant with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Open Society Institute, the Roma Education Fund, and the Association for Women's Rights in Development. She worked in Hargeisa, Somaliland/Somalia with the Somaliland National Youth Organization, and in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe. She was the Chief of Staff of the Social Inclusion State Secretariat of the Hungarian Ministry of Justice and Public Administration and was responsible for several key priorities under Hungary's EU Presidency, including the establishment of the European Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies. Between 2011 and spring 2013, Ms Izsák-Ndiaye was the President and CEO of the Tom Lantos Institute (TLI) based in Budapest, Hungary, a research institute on human rights and minority rights. She is married with two children and is based in Dakar, Senegal.