Rita Izsák-Ndiaye (Hungary)

Ms. RIzsák-Ndiaye Ms. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye (Hungary) was appointed 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, a position which she held until 31 July 2017.

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.

 In 2017 at the 27th Meeting of States parties to ICERD, she was elected to become a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Rita Izsák-Ndiaye will serve for a term of four years staring on 20 January 2018.


Former Special Rapporteur Ms. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye  published biannual bulletins which provided an update of her activities undertaken during her time as Special Rapporteur.

Summary of the work between July-December 2016
Summary of the work between January-June 2016
Summary of the work between July-December 2015
Summary of the work between January-June 2015
Summary of the work between July-December 2014
Summary of the work between January-June 2014

Minorities in the Universal Periodic Review Process

Former Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues Ms. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye followed with curiosity and great interest the first full cycle of the Universal Periodic Review. She was eager to see the commitment of Member States to minority issues in this revolutionary peer review process both as recommending and receiving States.
Her analysis demonstrated that the situation of minorities was often in focus during the UPR1. Indeed, with 895 recommendations pertaining to minorities in the first cycle of the UPR, minority issues were the 9th most discussed topic at the 1st cycle of the Human Rights Council’s UPR process.

Download here: Minority Issues in the First Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). An analysis by the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák

Former Special Rapporteur Ms. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye also conducted research analysing all minority-related recommendations of the 2nd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review  The main findings are summarized in her final report to the General Assembly (A/72/XXXX, para 88 – 96). It should be noted that at the time of writing this report, the recommendations of the 26th session had not been made included in the electronic database, therefore all below statistics and data in her analysis reflected the outcomes of the 13th-25th sessions only2.


1. The Special Rapporteur thanks the Human Rights Project of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy for their important work on this research as well as for the team of UPR Info for their assistance and collaboration.

2. According to the Special Rapporteur’s assessment, during the 26th session, 10 Member States (Iceland, Haiti, Lithuania, Moldova, Uganda, South Sudan, Syria, Timor-Leste, Venezuela, Zimbabwe), received 80 recommendations altogether regarding minorities, vulnerable groups, marginalized groups and religious groups, which will change the final statistics and charts.