Joint civil society initiative: United Nations treaty body elections website

Published on 13 Jun 2016, 09:56 AM

An initiative launched prior to the Elections of the Human Rights Committee in New York on the 23 June 2016

Print screen of the new website launched by four NGOs active with the UN Treaty Bodies.

In the lead up to the elections of four United Nations treaty bodies which took place during the course of June (namely, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on 14th, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on 21st, Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) on 23rd and the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on 30th), civil society organisations have come together to launch a common website - www.untbelections.org

This joint initiative, taken by the Centre for Civil and Political Rights, Child Rights Connect, International Disability Alliance and International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, seeked to enable States and other stakeholders to better understand the skills and experiences of the current candidates running for election in order to strengthen treaty body membership by promoting a merit-based and transparent elections process.

The website serves as a portal regrouping information on each treaty body elections process and on all candidates, including their own responses to a questionnaire which was disseminated to them in an effort to provide further details about each individual’s experiences and expertise in the respective field of human rights of the concerned treaty. The received responses to the questionnaires were shared with all UN Member States ahead of the elections to encourage informed voting based on candidates’ qualifications.

This initiative does not imply that we support or oppose any individual candidates.

More information on the elections of the Human Rights Committee

"In order to ensure the strengthening of the treaty body membership by promoting a merit-based and transparent elections process, four NGOs have launched an initiative to enable all States to better understand the skills and experiences of the candidates running for the elections."

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Results of the Human Rights Committee Elections

OHCHR recently published a Guide for United Nations Delegates on the elections at the UN Treaty Bodies.

Results of the elections of the 23 of June 2016:

Ms. Tania María ABDO ROCHOLL Not responded ELECTED

Mr. Koita BAMARIAM Questionnaire FR ELECTED

Mr Bello BUKHARI Questionnaire EN NOT ELECTED

Mr.Sêgnitondji Isidore Clément CAPO-CHICHI Questionnaire FR NOT ELECTED

Mr. Ahmed Amin FATHALLA Not responded ELECTED

Ms. Alvina GYULUMYAN Questionnaire EN NOT ELECTED

Mr. Osman El HAJJE Not responded NOT ELECTED

Mr. Christof HEYNS Questionnaire EN ELECTED

Ms. Rhadys Iris IRIS ABREU BLONDET de POLANCO Not responded NOT ELECTED

Ms. Ilze Brands KEHRIS Questionnaire EN ELECTED

Mr. Komla Dodzi KOKOROKO Questionnaire FR NOT ELECTED

Ms. Marcia KRAN Not responded ELECTED

Mr. Sergiy KYSLYTSYA Not responded NOT ELECTED

Mr. Cephas LUMINA Not responded NOT ELECTED

Mr. Honoré MITSHABO TSHITENGE Not responded NOT ELECTED

Ms. Rookmeenee Narainamah NARAYEN Not responded NOT ELECTED

Ms. Lalane Josiane RALAIVAOARISOA Questionnaire FR NOT ELECTED

Mrs. Zohra RASEKH Not responded NOT ELECTED

Sir Nigel RODLEY Questionnaire EN NOT ELECTED

Mr.Victor Manuel RODRIGUEZ RESCIA Questionnaire SP NOT ELECTED

Mr. Fabián Omar SALVIOLI Questionnaire SP NOT ELECTED

Mr. José Manuel SANTOS PAIS Questionnaire EN ELECTED

Mr. Marat SARSEMBAYEV Not responded NOT ELECTED

Ms. Anja SEIBERT-FOHR Questionnaire EN ELECTED

Mr. Yuval SHANY Questionnaire EN ELECTED

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