Nine new members elected to serve on the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Category: UK 1st periodic review

20th December 2012

On 18th December 2012, States met in New York to elect nine members to serve on the Committee on the Rights of the Child. The successful candidates will replace those whose term will expire on 28 February 2013.

The nine successful candidates were: Ms Renate Winter, from Austria; Mr Benyam Dawit Mezmur (Ethiopia); Ms Sara DE JESÚS OVIEDO FIERRO (Ecuador); Peter Guran (Slovakia); Ms Amal Aldoseri (Bahrain); Mr Wandolino Nogueira Neto (Brazil); Ms Maria Rita Parsi (Italy); Ms Yasmeen Muhamad Shariff (Malaysia); and Ms Olga A Khazova, from Russia.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is the most powerful children's rights body in the world. It not only has the authority to influence governments' compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), but also to interpret and expand on the provisions set in the CRC. In the future, it will even be able to examine individual complaints relating to violations of children's rights.

Elections to the Committee on the Rights of the Child take place every two years. Committee members are elected for a term of four years.

  • Find the CVs of each of the new Committee members and, where available, interviews conducted prior to the elections here.


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