OPTIONAL PROTOCOL TO THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE (OPCAT)
SUBCOMMITTEE ON PREVENTION OF TORTURE

Elections of members to the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

The eighth meeting of the States parties to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) will be convened by the Secretary-General at the United Nations Office at Geneva on Thursday 22 October 2020, 10 AM, conference room XVIII, at Palais des Nations. The purpose of the meeting is to elect twelve members of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT), to replace those whose terms of office will expire on 31 December 2020.

The election of candidates for membership in the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture shall take place in accordance with articles 5 through 9 of the OPCAT. In addition, the Secretary-General would like to draw attention to the General Assembly resolution A/68/268 adopted on 9 April 2014, entitled “Strengthening and enhancing the effective functioning of the human rights treaty body system” and its provisions 10 and 13 on the nomination and election of treaty body experts.

Other relevant information on the election.

The current membership of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture is:


Name of Member

Nationality

Term expires on 31 December

Mr. Cheikh Tourad ABDEL MALICKMauritania2020
Ms. Patricia ARIAS Chile2022
Ms. Carmen COMAS-MATA MIRA Spain 2022
Ms. Marija DEFINIS-GOJANOVIC Croatia2022
Mr. Hameth Saloum DIAKHATE Senegal2022
Mr. Satyabhooshun Gupt DOMAH Mauritius2020
Mr. Malcolm EVANSUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland2020
Mr. Roberto Michel FEHÉR PÉREZ Uruguay2022
Mr. Daniel FINK Switzerland2020
Ms. Maria Dolores GOMEZ Argentina2020
Ms. Suzanne JABBOURLebanon2022
Mr. Gnambi Garba KODJO Togo2022
Mr. Nika KVARATSKHELIA Georgia2022
Ms Marina LANGFELDTGermany2020
Mr. Petros MICHAELIDES Cyprus2020
Mr. Kosta MITROVIC Serbia2020
Mr. Abdallah OUNNIRMorocco2020
Ms. June Caridad PAGADUAN LOPEZ Philippines2020
Ms. Catherine PAULET France2022
Ms. Zdenka PEROVIĆ Montenegro2020
Ms. María Luisa ROMERO Panama2022
Ms. Nora SVEAASS  Norway2022
Mr. Juan Pablo VEGAS Peru2022
Ms. Sophia VIDALI Greece 2022
Mr. Victor ZAHARIARepublic of Moldova2020

Nominations

In accordance with articles 6 and 7 of the OPCAT, the Secretary-General, in a Note verbale dated 18 May 2020 (E | F | S), invited the States parties to submit their nominations of candidates for the election of members to the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture within three months, i.e. by 18 August 2020. 

Nominations and biographical data should be submitted, using a specific standard format (E | F | S), by a Note verbale of the Permanent Mission to the Secretary-General, c/o. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva.

The electronic Word version should be sent to registry@ohchr.org, copied to opcat@ohchr.org, by 18 August 2020, at the latest.

The biographical data of nominated candidates should not exceed 38 lines.

The current list of candidates, in alphabetical order, nominated by States Parties, is:

Name of candidates

Nationality

Mr. Cheikh Tourad ABDEL MALICK
Mauritania
Mr. Massimiliano BAGAGLINI
Italy
Ms. Marie BRASHOLT
Denmark
Mr. Mario Luis CORIOLANO
Argentina
Mr. Jakub Julian CZEPEK Poland
Mr. Satyabhooshun Gupt DOMAH Mauritius
Ms. Kadidia DOUCOURE TRAORE (Withdrawn on 3 September)
Mali
Mr. Ammar DWAIK
State of Palestine
Mr. Marco FEOLI VILLALOBOS
Costa Rica
Mr. Daniel FINK
Switzerland
Ms. Akouavi Inès HADONOU TOFFOUN
English | French
Benin
Ms. Marina LANGFELDT
Germany
Mr. Kosta MITROVIC
Serbia
Ms. Ioana Mihaela MORAR
Romania
Ms. Aisha Shujune MUHAMMAD
Maldives
Mr. Andrew Christoffel NISSEN
South Africa
Mr. Abdallah OUNNIR
Arabic | English | Français
Morocco
Ms. Zdenka PEROVIC
Montenegro

The list of candidates, in alphabetical order, nominated by States Parties after 18 August is:

Name of Member

Nationality (date of nomination)

Ms. Françoise DONINGUIN

(no biographical data submitted)

Central African Republic (24 August)

Ms. Hamida DRIDI

Tunisia (25 August)

Mr. Laurent OUAMBITA

(no biographical data submitted)

Central African Republic (24 August)

Documents:

In accordance with Rule 16 of the Provisional Rules of Procedure of the Meetings of the States Parties to the OPCAT, the official working languages of the meeting shall be English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Title

Symbol

Provisional agenda

CAT/OP/SP/17

Note by the Secretary-General containing the list of candidates and biographical data

CAT/OP/SP/18

Note by the Secretary-General containing the list of candidates and biographical data - Addendum

CAT/OP/SP/18/Add.1

Provisional Rules of Procedure of the Meetings of the States Parties to the OPCAT

CAT/OP/SP/3

General Assembly resolution on Strengthening and enhancing the effective functioning of the human rights treaty body system

A/RES/68/268

Restrictions for the meeting

In accordance with articles 5 to 9 of the OPCAT, the Secretary-General, in a Note verbale dated 3 September 2020 (English | French | Spanish), invited the States parties to the Optional Protocol to the 8th Meeting of the States Parties, scheduled to be held in-person, at the United Nations Office at Geneva, on Thursday 22 October 2020, at 10:00 a.m., Palais des Nations, Room XVIII.

Due to restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, 1) only one representative per State Party to the Optional Protocol will be admitted at the meeting and 2) credentials will have to be provided to the secretariat in advance of the meeting as they will not be accepted on the day of the meeting.

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