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31st Meeting of States parties & election


01 May 2012


New York (NLB Conference Room 2)

General information

A meeting of States parties will take place in New York (NLB Conference Room 2) on 1 May 2012 at 10 a.m. The purpose of this extraordinary meeting is to conduct one by-election to fill a casual vacancy arising from the death of a member of the Human Rights Committee in January 2012.


Pursuant to article 30, paragraph 4 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the necessary quorum for the meeting is two-thirds of the 167 States Parties to the Covenant, that is to say 112 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 Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the credentials of representatives and the names of members of a delegation issued by the Head of State or Government or by the Minister for Foreign Affairs should be submitted to the Secretary-General prior to the Meeting. The credentials may be brought to the Meeting or sent in advance to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York (for the attention of Mr. James Turpin, DC1 - 0504).

Additional meeting in 2012

States parties are informed that the regular scheduled elections to replace those 9 members of the Committee whose terms expire in December 2012 will be held at a States parties meeting (32st meeting) scheduled to take place on 6 September 2012.

31th Meeting of States parties

States parties to the Convention were invited to nominate their candidates by Monday, 26 March 2012. Nominations should be sent to the Secretariat at the following email addresses: [email protected] and [email protected].

The membership of the Human Rights Committee is currently as follows:

Name Nationality Term expires
Mr. Abdelfattah AMOR (deceased on 2 January 2012) Tunisia 31.12.2014
Mr. Lazhari BOUZID (Rapporteur) Algeria 31.12.2012
Ms. Christine CHANET France 31.12.2014
Mr. Ahmad Amin FATHALLA Egypt 31.12.2012
Mr.Cornelis FLINTERMAN The Netherlands 31.12.2014
Mr. Yuji IWASAWA (Vice-Chairperson) Japan 31.12.2014
Mr. Walter KALIN Switzerland 31.12.2014
Mr. Rajsoomer LALLAH Mauritius 31.12.2012
Ms. Zonke Zanele MAJODINA (Chairperson) South Africa 31.12.2014
Ms. Iulia Antoanella MOTOC Romania 31.12.2014
Mr.Gerald L. NEUMAN United States of America 31.12.2014
Mr. Michael O'FLAHERTY (Vice-Chairperson) Ireland 31.12.2012
Mr. Rafael RIVAS POSADA Colombia 31.12.2012
Sir Nigel RODLEY United Kingdom 31.12.2012
Mr. Fabián Omar SALVIOLI (Vice-Chairperson) Argentina 31.12.2012
Mr. Marat SARSEMBAYEV Kazakhstan 31.12.2012
Mr. Krister THELIN Sweden 31.12.2012
Ms. Margo WATERVAL Suriname 31.12.2014

List of candidates as submitted by the States parties:

Name of Candidate Nationality Term expires
Mr. Yadh Ben Achour (ELECTED) Tunisia 26 March 2012
Mr. Ndiame Gaye (Candidature Withdrawn on 25 April 2012) Senegal 29 February 2012
Mr. Marlon Manuel (Candidature Withdrawn on 4 April 2012) Philippines 22 February 2012

The following documents were issued for the thirty-first meeting of States parties.

Title Symbol number / link
Provisional Agenda CCPR/SP/78
Election of one Member and CV's of candidates CCPR/SP/79
Rules of procedure of the meeting of the States parties CCPR/SP/2/Rev.1