CRC elections, Vice Chair Amal Aldoseri re-elected

Date: 12th July 2016
Category: Policies & procedures

On 30 June 2016, States met at the UN General Assembly in New York to elect nine people to serve on the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Last year, Together, Scottish Youth Parliament and the Commissioner's Office hosted Ms Amal Aldoseri's visit to Scotland.

Elections take place every two years and members are elected for a term of four years. Those selected will replace the outgoing members of the 18-strong Committee whose terms expire on 28 February 2017. The Committee is the most important children's rights mechanism in the world - it not only has the authority to influence governments' compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), but can also interpret and expand on its provisions.

Elected by secret ballot, the new members are: Amal Salman Aldoseri (Bahrain), Olga A. Khazova (Russian Federation), Cephas Lumina (Zambia), Benyam Dawit Mezmur (Ethiopia), Mikiko Otani (Japan), Luis Ernesto Pedernera Reyna (Uruguay), Ann Marie Skelton (South Africa), Velina Todorova (Bulgaria), Renate Winter (Austria).

In 2015, Amal Aldoseri was one of three UN Taskforce members who accepted an invitation from the UK's Children's Commissioners to speak with children and young people. Amal Aldoseri visited both Scotland and Northern Ireland during her visit, the focus of which was to listen to the voices, views and experiences of children and young people.