The twenty seven available positions, which will be filled in 2014, are “independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective.” These posts encompass three positions: special rapporteur, independent expert, and working groups. Each category has a diverse range of positions available, addressing issues such as arbitrary detention, violence against women, inter alia. Of particular note to DCI are the positions of Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, as well as other human rights related Rapporteurs.
According to Human Rights Council resolution 5/1, Annex, the following general criteria will be important in choosing the mandate holders: “expertise, experience in the field of the mandate, independence, impartiality, personal integrity, and objectivity.”
DCI reaffirms its support for Virginia Herrera Murillo (DCI Costa Rica), who is applying for the post of UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, including its causes and consequences (election will take place at the 25th session of the Human Rights Council in March 2014).
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