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On 18 December, States met in New York to elect nine members to serve on the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The successful candidates will replace those whose term will expire on 28 February 2013. The nine candidates elected to the CRC are from: Austria, Bahrain, Brazil, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Italy, Malaysia, Russia, and Slovakia.  


Elected / re-elected candidates

You can view the CV of the new member and, where applicable, CRIN's interview with the candidate in the lead up to the election:

  • Ms. Renate Winter (Austria) -  153 votes: CV /  Interview
  • Mr. Benyam Dawit Mezmur (Ethiopia) - 136 votes: CV / Interview
  • Ms Sara de Jesús Oviedo Fierro (Ecuador) - 125 votes: CV / Interview [en español]
  • Mr. Peter Guran (Slovakia) - 104 votes: CV / Interview
  • Ms. Amal Aldoseri (Bahrain) - 100 votes: CV Mr. Wanderlino Nogueira Neto - 161 votes: CV
  • Ms. Maria Rita Parsi (Italy) - 146 votes: CV
  • Ms. Yasmeen Muhamad Shariff (Malaysia) - 150 votes: CV

  • Ms. Olga A. Khazova (Russia) - 129 votes: CV



The election process

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.


Further Information


Previous CRC News items on Crin website

For more information please visit CRIN

Child Rights International Network
East Studio
2 Pontypool Place
Tel: +44 (0)207 401 2257
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Published Dec. 29, 2012 5:51 PM - Last modified Apr. 17, 2013 3:14 PM