Committee Elections

Every two years, the term of half the Committee members ends and elections take place in New York, generally in June. 

Child Rights Connect advocates for quality, independence and diversity of the Committee membership. We contact States and children’s rights defenders to encourage the nomination and election of the most suitably qualified experts, based on the official criteria provided by the CRC, the GA Resolution on treaty body strengthening and the Addis Ababa Guidelines on the independence and impartiality of treaty body members. We also promote transparency by providing the nominees with the opportunity to respond to a public questionnaire where they can demonstrate how their experience and expertise is an added value for the Committee. The responses to the questionnaires are published on the http://www.untbelections.org/

If you are interested in Child Rights Connect’s work in promoting transparency in Treaty Body Elections, you can consult our work as part of TB-Net and the Summary Report TB-Net & Amnesty International Event on Treaty Body Election .

The Report summarizes a roundtable working meeting under the Chatham house rule held on the 15th November 2018, with the aim to discuss amongst States and other key stakeholders including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and NGOs, the current nominations and elections processes for Treaty Body membership, and proposals for improvements which aim to enhance the quality, independence and diversity of Treaty Body membership.

Results of the 2018 elections

As of the 29 June 2018 nine new members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child were elected in New York:

  1. Mr. Bragi GUDBRANDSSON Iceland/Europe
  2. Mr. Philip D. JAFFE Switzerland/Europe
  3. Mrs. Faith MARSHALL-HARRIS Barbados/Caribbean
  4. Ms. Aïssatou Alassane Moulaye SIDIKOU  Niger/Africa
  5. Suzanne AHOM ASSOUA, Togo(Vice-Chairperson) / Africa
  6. Hynd AYOUBI IDRISSI, Morocco/Africa
  7. Gehad MADI, Egypt/ Africa
  8. Clarence NELSON, Samoa/ Asia (Vice-Chairperson)
  9. José Angel RODRÍGUEZ REYES, Venezuela/ Latin America

You can check bellow the gender and geographic distribution as well as the areas of expertise:

As a member of TB-Net, Child Rights Connect works to make the elections of the Committee on the Rights of the Child as well as of other treaty bodies more open and transparent. For this purpose, you can find all the complementary questionnaires and videos of the candidates in the TB Elections webpage.

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