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Human Rights Implementation Centre: Dr Elina Steinerte elected to UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Press release issued: 6 October 2016

On 30 September 2016, the UN Human Rights Council approved the candidacy of Dr Elina Steinerte to one of the Councils’ Special Procedures, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD).

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was established by resolution 1991/42 of the former Commission on Human Rights. It is one of the oldest Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council and one of the very few that has the right to receive communications from individuals, in addition to carrying out fact-finding missions.

Professor Rachel Murray, Director of HRIC, commented

This is a fantastic achievement for Elina and a privilege for the Human Rights Centre to be associated with it.

Professor Joanne Conaghan, Head of School added:

This is very prestigious position and a great achievement personally for Elina. It is both a challenge and an opportunity and I am thrilled for Elina and for us as a School.

The WGAD derives its mandate from the Human Rights Council and the Charter of the United Nations, its jurisdiction extends to all 193 UN member states.

On her appointment Elina said:

I am honoured to be given this responsibility and I very much look forward to the work ahead.

Elina will start her duties on 1 November 2016.

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