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.

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 website.

You can also 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.

2022 elections

The term of 9 CRC Committee members will expire on 28 February 2023:

  1. Ms. Suzanne AHO, Togo
  2. Ms. Aïssatou ALASSANE MOULAYE SIDIKOU, Niger
  3. Ms. Hynd AYOUBI IDRISSI, Morocco
  4. Mr. Bragi GUDBRANDSSON, Iceland
  5. Mr. Philip D. JAFFE, Switzerland
  6. Mr. Gehad MADI, Egypt
  7. Ms. Faith MARSHALL-HARRIS, Barbados
  8. Mr. Clarence NELSON, Samoa
  9. Mr. José Angel RODRÍGUEZ REYES, Venezuela

Provisional list of candidates (as far as we are aware) as of 05.05.2022 (alphabetical order):

  • Ms. Suzanne AHO, Togo, current member, English | Français
  • Ms. Thuwayba Ahmed Issa AL BARWANI, Oman, new candidate, English
  • Ms. Aïssatou ALASSANE MOULAYE SIDIKOU, Niger, current member, English | Français, questionnaire (FR), video (FR)
  • Ms. Hynd AYOUBI IDRISSI, Morocco, current member, Français
  • Ms. Mary BELOFF, Argentina, new candidate, English
  • Ms. Rosaria CORREA, Panama, new candidate, English, questionnaire (ES), video (ES-EN)
  • Mr. Khaled A. S. ELMAGHBUB, Libya, new candidate, English, questionnaire (EN), video (EN)
  • Mr. Bragi GUDBRANDSSON, Iceland, current member, English, questionnaire (EN)
  • Mr. Philip D. JAFFÉ, Switzerland, current member, English | Français, video (EN | FR)
  • Ms. Norah JEAN-FRANCOIS, Haiti, new candidate, Français
  • Ms. Agnes KABORE, Burkina Faso, new candidate, English | Français, questionnaire (FR), video (FR-EN)
  • Mr. Mel Alain Didier LATH, Ivory Coast, new candidate, Français, questionnaire (FR)
  • Ms. Faith MARSHALL-HARRIS, Barbados, current member, English
  • Mr. Clarence NELSON, Samoa, current member, English
  • Mr. Youssouf OOMAR, Mauritius, new candidate, English, questionnaire (EN)
  • Ms. Zeinebou TALEB MOUSSA, Mauritania, new candidate, English, questionnaire (FR), video (FR)

The candidates are 10 women and 6 men, who come from the following regions: 2 from Asia-Pacific; 2 from Western European and other States; 8 from Africa; 4 from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Check the candidates’ profiles on the CRC elections webpage.

The current membership of the Committee consists of 9 women and 9 men, who come from the following regions: 3 from Latin America and the Caribbean; 7 from Africa; 3 from Asia-Pacific; 2 from Eastern Europe and 3 from Western Europe and other States.

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