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Law expert re-elected to Human Rights Committee

Swiss law professor Helen Keller has been re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

This content was published on September 3, 2010 - 10:31

Keller has been professor of European and international law at Zurich University since 2004. She has been a member of the Human Rights Committee since July 2008, succeeding Switzerland’s Walter Kälin.

Thursday’s election renewed her mandate as an independent expert until December 31, 2014.

The Human Rights Committee comprises 18 independent experts who meet three times a year for four-week sessions: in spring at the UN headquarters in New York, and in summer and autumn at the UN office in Geneva.

It is not to be confused with the Human Rights Council, an intergovernmental body within the UN made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the world.

In a statement on Thursday the foreign ministry welcomed the re-election, underlining the great importance attached by Switzerland to the work of the Human Rights Committee.

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