2nd Meeting of States parties (New York, 28 May 2013) - Election of Members

General Information

The Committee on Enforced Disappearances is composed of 10 independent experts, who are persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights, who shall serve in their personal capacity and be independent and impartial (article 26, ICPPED).

Members are elected for a term of four years by States parties from among their nationals, consideration being given to equitable geographical distribution, relevant legal experience and balanced gender representation. Members serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of the States parties which present their candidature. They may be re-elected once if re-nominated.

States parties are informed that the regular scheduled elections to replace those 5 members of the Committee whose terms expire on 30 June 2013 will be held at a States parties meeting scheduled to take place in New York (NLB Conference Room 6) on 28 May 2013 at 10 am.


Pursuant to article 26, paragraph 2 of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, the necessary quorum for the meeting is two-thirds of the 36 States parties to the Convention, that is 24 States parties. To avoid the meeting being substantially delayed or postponed, representatives of States parties should be present at the scheduled time of the meeting.


In accordance with Rule 2 of the Revised Rules of Procedures of the Meeting of the States Parties to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, the original letters of credentials of representatives and the names of members of a delegation signed by the Head of State or Government or by the Minister for Foreign Affairs should be submitted to the Secretary-General no later than one week prior to the Meeting. The credentials may be sent in advance to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York, 13th Floor, Secretariat Building (c/o Ms. Sheilah Trotta, S-1308).

2nd Meeting of States parties

States parties to the Convention were invited to nominate their candidates by Thursday, 14 February 2013. Nominations should be sent to the Secretariat at the following email address:

Membership of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances



Term expires

Mr. Mohammed AL-OBAIDI Iraq 30 June 2013
Mr. Mamadou Badio CAMARA Senegal 30 June 2015
Mr. Emmanuel DECAUX France 30 June 2015
Mr. Alvaro GARCÉ GARCÍA Y SANTOS Uruguay 30 June 2015
Mr. Luciano HAZAN Argentina 30 June 2013
Mr. Rainer HUHLE Germany 30 June 2015
Ms. Suela JANINA Albania 30 June 2015
Mr. Juan José LÓPEZ ORTEGA Spain 30 June 2013
Mr. Enoch MULEMBE Zambia 30 June 2013
Mr. Kimio YAKUSHIJI Japan 30 June 2013


List of candidates as submitted by States Parties



Submission date

Mr. Juan José LÓPEZ ORTEGA Spain 29 November 2012
Mr. Luciano HAZAN Argentina 7 January 2013
Mr. Kimio YAKUSHIJI Japan 8 January 2013
Mr. Wafi OUGADEYE Mali 4 February 2013
Mr. Santiago CORCUERA CABEZUT Mexico 8 February 2013
Mr. Mohammed AL-OBAIDI Iraq 11 February 2013
Mr. Enoch MULEMBE Zambia 13 February 2013






Provisional Agenda


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Rules of Procedure


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Curricula Vitae of Candidates
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Stand Up for the victims of enforced disappearance

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