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Swiss law expert named to UN rights committee

Helen Keller has been elected to the United Nations Human Rights Committee which is part of the Geneva-based Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Swiss foreign ministry said it was pleased that Keller was named to succeed Walter Kälin who stepped down in April.

Keller, who teaches European and international law at Zurich University, has a mandate until the end of 2010.

The Human Rights Committee consists of 18 independent experts and oversees the implementation of the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.

Keller is one of three Swiss nationals with a UN mandate. Kälin is representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, while Jean Ziegler is a member of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council and former Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

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