Frenchwoman to head UN human rights group

16th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

UNITED NATIONS, March 15 (AFP) - French jurist Christine Chanet was elected Tuesday president of the UN Human Rights Committee, according to committee secretary Patrice Gillibert.

UNITED NATIONS, March 15 (AFP) - French jurist Christine Chanet was elected Tuesday president of the UN Human Rights Committee, according to committee secretary Patrice Gillibert.

Chanet is a counsellor on the Court of Cassation, France's highest appeals court, and a member of the International Commission of Jurists. Since 2003 she has served as the personal representative to Cuba of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.

A member of the committee since 1996, Chanet also served on the UN Committee against Torture from 1988 to 1990.

Distinct from the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, the New York-Based Human Rights Committee comprises 18 independent experts who monitor implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It reports to the UN General Assembly.

The committee opened its first of three annual meetings Monday. The meeting will continue until April 1.

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