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32nd Meeting of States parties & 2012 elections


06 September 2012


New York (NLB Conference Room 2)

General information

The Human Rights Committee is composed of 18 independent experts, who are persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights, consideration being given to the usefulness of the participation of some persons having legal experience (article 28, ICCPR).

Members are elected for a term of four years by States parties from among their nationals, consideration being given to equitable geographical distribution and to representation of the different forms of civilization as well as of the principal legal systems, in accordance with article 31 of the Covenant. Members serve in their personal capacity and may be re-elected if re-nominated.

States parties are informed that the regular scheduled elections to replace those 9 members of the Committee whose terms expire on 31 December 2012 will be held at a States parties meeting scheduled to take place in New York (NLB Conference Room 2) on 6 September 2012 at 10 am.


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).

32nd Meeting of States parties

States parties to the Covenant were invited to nominate their candidates by Monday, 25 June 2012. Nominations should be sent to the Secretariat at the following email addresses: [email protected] and [email protected].

Name Nationality Term expires
Mr. Yadh BEN ACHOUR Tunisia 31.12.2014
Mr. Bouzid LAZHARI (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 (deceased on 3 June 2012) 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. Bouzid LAZHARI (Elected) Algeria 19 March 2012
Mr. Ahmed Amin FATHALLA (Elected) Egypt 4 April 2012
Mr. Konstantine VARDZELASHVILI (Elected) Georgia 18 April 2012
Mr. Fabián Omar SALVIOLI [English | French | Spanish] (Elected) Argentina 24 April 2012
Mr. Ndiame GAYE Senegal 25 April 2012
Mr. Richard LUKUNDA Congolaise 26 April 2012
Sir Nigel RODLEY (Elected) United Kingdom 29 May 2012
Ms. Anja SEIBERT-FOHR (Elected) Germany 5 June 2012
Mr.Yuval SHANY (Elected) Israel 13 June 2012
Mr. Marat SARSEMBAYEV Kazakhstan 14 June 2012
Mr. Kheshoe Parsad MATADEEN (Elected) Mauritius 18 June 2012
Mr. Augustin Marie-Gervais LOADA Burkina Faso 5 July 2012
Mr. Nhatitima SINAI JOSSEFA (Candidature Withdrawn on 5 September 2012) Mozambique 5 July 2012
Mr. Victor Manuel RODRIGUEZ-RESCIA [English | Spanish] (Elected) Costa Rica 23 July 2012
Mr. Salifou FOMBA Mali 28 August 2012
Mr. Ahmed ABDULLA FARHAN (Candidature Withdrawn on 4 September 2012) Bahrain 31 August 2012
Ms. Naceesay SALLA-WADDA (Candidature Withdrawn on 6 September 2012) Gambia 3 September 2012

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

Title Symbol number / link
Provisional Agenda CCPR/SP/80
List of candidates CCPR/SP/81
List of candidates - Addendum CCPR/SP/81/Add.1
List of candidates - Addendum CCPR/SP/81/Add.2
List of candidates - Addendum CCPR/SP/81/Add.3
List of candidates - Addendum CCPR/SP/81/Add.4
Rules of procedure of the meeting of the States parties CCPR/SP/2/Rev.1