New York, 22 June 2017.
Algerian Dr Noureddine Amir Algeria’s has been triumphantly re-elected to the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination for a fifth four-year term beginning in January 2018.
Holder of Doctorate in Law and a career diplomat who served in several diplomatic posts before being elected the first time in 2001 as an expert at CERD.
Amir was re-elected by an overwhelming majority of 128 votes at the 27th Meeting of States Parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, held on Thursday at United Nations Headquarters.
His election further lengthens the list of recently elected Algerian candidates to international roles such as Ahmed Laraba at the International Law Commission and Boualem Bouguetaia at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
In addition to Mr. Amir, the committee elected candidates from eight countries (Japan, Belgium, Hungary, Turkey, South Korea, Brazil, Mauritius and Cote d’Ivoire) in the first round.
The ballot, intended to renew the nine vacant seats of the committee, caused the candidates of Morocco, Namibia, Ecuador, Iraq, Congo and Djibouti to oust in the first round.
As a reminder, the committee is composed of eighteen experts known for their high morals and impartiality. Members shall be elected for four years by the States Parties to the Convention. Elections are held every two years to replace half of the members.
The composition of the Committee shall take account of equitable geographical distribution and representation of the different forms of civilization and the main legal systems.