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COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Election of nine Members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to replace those whose terms are due to expire on 31 December 2020

In reference to the decision of the Bureau of the Conference of States parties, made on 20 March 2020, the thirteenth session of the Conference of the States parties to the Convention will take place in New York on the second week of December 2020*, during which the election of nine members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with disabilities will be conducted.(*dates to be confirmed taking account of the ongoing situations of the COVID-19 in the world and the host city New York).

In accordance with that decision, the deadline to nominate a candidate for membership in the Committee for the period 2021-2024, is extended to 1 October 2020, replacing the earlier deadline of 10 April 2020.

Furthermore, no additional action is needed regarding nominations received so far.

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is composed of 18 independent experts - persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights.

In accordance with article 34, paragraph 7, the term of nine of the members elected will expire on 31 December 2020. Thus, nine seats in the Committee must now be filled through an election.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on 3 May 2008 upon the 20th ratification. Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.” Since 2008, 12 sessions of the Conference of States Parties have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The nominations and biographical data, in accordance with the biographical data form (see below documentation no. 3), 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 (check the form in Word below) to registry@ohchr.org.

Members serve in their personal capacity and may be re-elected once if nominated.

NOTE: Nominations will ONLY be processed when submitted in WORD FORMAT and WITHIN THE PAGE LIMIT (1 and a half pages-Roman text 12).

In its current composition six experts of the Committee are women, and 12 are men; with their regional distribution as follows: 2 experts from Latin America and the Caribbean, 5 from Africa, 5 from Asia-Pacific, 3 from Eastern Europe, and 3 from Western Europe and other States.

Of the 9 experts whose mandates expire on 31 December 2020: 3 are from the African regional group, 3 from Asia-Pacific, 2 from Eastern Europe and 1 from Western Europe and other States.

In April 2017, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted a statement on achieving gender balance and equitable geographical representation in the elections of members of the Committee. The Committee expressed concerns that only one woman was left as member of the Committee resulting from the 2016 elections. It also expressed concern about the shifting geographical balance in the membership. The Committee called upon States parties to be mindful of the need to promote the geographical balance and the inclusion of women with disabilities in elections of the Committee to secure equal geographical representation and restore gender balance. The statement is also available below.

Documentation

  1. Note verbale on extension of the nomination :  E | F | S
  2. Note verbale on elections:  E | F | S
  3. Members whose term expires on 31 December 2020 E | F | S
  4. Biographical Data Form: E | F | S
  5. Provisional Rules of Procedure: E
  6. Handbook for Treaty Body Members

Received Names of Candidates for the 2020 Elections
Please click on the name of each candidate to open his or her Biodata in Word version.

Name Nationality
Mr. Magino CORPORÁN LORENZO (Spanish) Dominican Republic
Ms. Maria Cristina KRONFLE GÓMEZ (Spanish) Ecuador
Ms. Rosa Idalia ALDANA SALGUERO (English | Spanish)Guatemala
Ms. Odelia FITOUSSI (English)Israel
Mr. Floyd MORRIS (English)Jamaica
Mr. Muhannad ALAZZEH (English)Jordan
Ms. Lyazzat KALTAYEVA (English)Kazakhstan
Mr. Samuel KABUE (English)Kenya
Mr. Moumouni DIARRA (French and English)Mali
Ms. Claire Lucille AZZOPARDI LANE (English) Malta
Mr. Tambo Demba CAMARA (French)Mauritania
Ms. Gerel DONDOVDORJ (English)Mongolia
Ms. Eufémia Maria Guila Amela AMELA (English)Mozambique
Ms. Soumia AMRANI (French)Morocco
Mr. Robert George MARTIN (English)New Zealand
Mr. Yahya AL-FARSI (English)Oman
Ms. Vivian FERNÁNDEZ DE TORRIJO (Spanish)Panamá
Mr. Ahmad ALSAIF (English)Saudi Arabia
Mr. Yatma FALL (French)Senegal
Ms. Ivanka JOVANOVIC (English)Serbia
Ms. Saowalak THONGKUAY (English)Thailand
Mr. Imed Eddine CHAKER (French)Tunisia
Ms. Sukriti CHADHA (English)India

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