Dutchman appointed to UN Human Rights Committee

The Dutch professor Cees Flinterman was today elected to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Committee that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its States parties. The Committee is composed of 18 independent experts.

Professor Flinterman already has considerable experience of working with the UN. He twice headed the Dutch delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the precursor of the Human Rights Council. In 1993 he co-chaired the Commission.

Professor Flinterman also sits on another UN committee, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which monitors compliance by States parties with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. His membership of this committee will lapse at the end of 2010, at the end of an eight-year term.

Cees Flinterman will take up his seat on the United Nations Human Rights Committee on 1 January 2011 for a period of four years.