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United Nations


Convention on the Rights
of Persons with Disabilities

Distr.: General

3 July 2012

Original: English/French
Conference of States Parties to the Convention on
the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

New York, 12-14 September 2012

Item 3 of the provisional agenda*

Election of the members of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities under article 34 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Note by the Secretary-General

1. Article 34 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides for the establishment of a Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It also provides that members of the Committee shall be elected by secret ballot from a list of persons nominated by the States parties from among their nationals at meetings of the Conference of States parties and that the initial election shall be held no later than six months after the date of entry into force of the Convention.

2. In compliance with article 34, paragraph 6, of the Convention, the Secretary-General, in a note verbale dated 2 May 2012, invited the States parties to submit their nominations for the election of 9 members of the Committee not later than 2 July 2012. The Secretary-General has prepared the following list, in alphabetical order, of all persons nominated by 2 July 2012, indicating the States parties that had nominated them. Nominations received after this date will be issued in addenda to the present document.


Nominated by



Mr. Shaikh Duaij Khalifa Bin Duaij AL KHALIFA




Mr. Alexander KELLMAN

El Salvador

Ms. Silvia Judith QUAN CHANG


Mr. Michel Archange PÉAN


Mr. László Gábor LOVÁSZY

Ms. Sudha KAUL



Mr. Mohammed AL-TARAWNEH





Mr. Isaú Joaquim MENESES




Ms. Sebenzile Joy Patricia MATSEBULA

Saudi Arabia

South Africa



Mr. Monthian BUNTAN


Ms. Safak PAVEY


Mr. Martin Mwesigwa BABU



United Kingdom

3. The curricula vitae of the above candidates, as furnished by their Governments, are contained in the annex to the present document.


Curricula vitae of candidates

Fatiha HADJ SALAH (Algeria)

Name and first name: Fatiha Hadj-Salah

Date and place of birth: 27-05-1942 in Oran / Algeria

Working languages: French, Arabic

Current position/function:

Professor Head of Legal Medicine Department CHU Algiers - Associate Professor at the School for the Judiciary - Chair of the Scientific Council of the Faculty – Chair of the National Educational Committee of Legal Medicine – President of Algerian Society in Medical Science - Member of the Council of Administration of the Mediterranean Society of Forensic science.

Main professional activities:

Educational activities - Supervision of Medical Students Interns and Doctorates.

Educational background:

  • Curriculum to study medicine

  • Diplomas specialty forensic

  • Diploma in Occupational Medicine specialty

  • Certificate repair injury

  • Certificate of Social Security

Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned:

Member Consultant to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Solidarity

Member with the CRPD 2010-2012

List of most recent publications in the field:

Scientific Meeting on Medical Law and Ethics. Participation in national and international conferences as part of continuing education

Shaikh Duaij Khalifa Bin Duaij AL KHALIFA (Bahraim)

Date of Birth: 1946

Marital Status: Married (2 Sons and 3 Daughters)

Lieutenant General (Retired)

Academic Achievements

Diploma in Police (1967)

Police Duties Course, UK (1969)

Criminal Investigation Course, UK (1975)

Traffic Management Course, USA (1981)

Traffic Management Course, Japan (1985)

Leadership Management Course, Egypt (1986)

Official positions in the Government:

  • Advisor to the Ministry of Interior (Since 2007)

  • Former Under-Secretary of Ministry of Interior (2004 – 2007)

  • Former Director General of Traffic & Licensing (1988-2003)

  • Started with Ministry of Interior from 1965 and held various high level positions in the ministry directorates such as General Directorate of CID, Special Security Force Directorate, Muharraq Public Security Directorate, General Directorate of Traffic & Licensing, General Directorate of Training & Guards etc.

  • Also chaired and represented various Ministry’s Committees including a member of Centre for Transport & Studies in the University of Bahrain.

  • Headed and represented the Kingdom of Bahrain in several security conferences and meetings around the world.

  • Official positions in the Social Association

Official positions in the Social Association

  • Advisor to MENA Regional Leadership Council – Special Olympics International (Since 2012)

  • President of Special Olympics Bahrain (Since 1990)

  • President of the National Institute for the Disabled, Bahrain (Since 1987)

  • Chairman of Al Manar Parent Care - Isa Town (since 1999)

  • President of MENA Regional Leadership Council – Special Olympics International (2008- 2012)

  • Former Advisory Board Member of Special Olympics International (2004-2007)

  • Former President of Gulf Disability Society (1999-2010)

  • Former Member of GCC Organising Committee for the Sports of the Disabled (1998-2009)

  • Former president of Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation (1986-2010)

Maria Soledad CISTERNAS REYES (Chile)

Name and first name: Cisternas Reyes, María Soledad

Date and place of birth: Santiago, Chile

Working languages: Spanish and English

Current position/function:

Vice - president of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, United Nations – Committee / CRPD.

Rapporteur for news Communication of the Optional Protocol to the CRPD.

Professor of Law and researcher. Director of different juridical and interdisciplinary projects.

Author of different publications and conferences at the national level and internationally.

Currently, participating in the creation of the Foundation "Dignitem" on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Main professional activities:

  • Leader of legal and interdisciplinary research teams, for to influence legislation and public policy, including opinions specialized to the Parliament;

  • Planner and organizer of academic extension activities for rights promotion, with active participation of civil society (Seminars, Expert round-table, workshops, etc.);

  • Teaching for courses designed by her: “Vulnerable groups: an emerging human rights issue” and “Bio Law and human rights”;

  • She teaches about, the CRPD, Education Inclusive, system international for promoting and protection of human rights, among others (Faculties: Law, Psychology, Education, Schools of special education, and public administration).

  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate level in Chilean universities and also in Training Centres abroad;

  • Management of audiovisual projects, in its substantive aspects, for the translation of Rights in accessible formats.

Educational background:

  • Law degree (graduated with highest honours) from the Catholic University of Chile. Thesis: Multinational enterprises: international treatment and regulation. Awarded the title of Supreme Court attorney;

  • Master in political science, Catholic University of Chile. Specialized field: Political institutions and processes. Thesis: Democracy and persons with disabilities. She graduated with distinctions.

Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned:

*Responsibilities and tasks as member of the CRPD Committee (period 2009 - 2012);

  • Currently, Vice - President of the CRPD Committee and Rapporteur for the Optional Protocol;

  • Coordinator of the Working Group that developed the Committee’s “working methods”. Also, coordinated the Working Group on "Natural disasters and emergency situations" (CRPD, Article 11 - which functioned in the year 2010);

  • Member of the Working Group on Legal Capacity of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Article 12); Also, has contributed to the production of various documents of the Committee: Reporting Guidelines, Rules of procedure, First Declaration of the Committee and others on natural disasters and persons with disabilities, Information Note on the Optional Protocol;

  • She attended the Conferences of States Parties to the CRPD, UN, NY, presenting the following issues: “Access to Justice and Legal Capacity of Persons with Disabilities” (2009) and "Right to Inclusive Education in the CRPD" (2010);

  • Has represented the CRPD Committee, in the Inter-Committee Meeting of the human rights (July 2009, January and October 2011), UN, Geneva;

  • Participation in the Human Rights Treaty Division Consultation, about the strengthening of these bodies, OHCHR, UN, April 2011, Bossey.

Other activities related:

Was a member of the Delegation of Chile, as independent expert, being its spokesperson in the work of the Ad-hoc Committee UN, which prepared the draft of the CDP;

Has provided training to judges, police, Prison Staff, Notaries, Diplomatic in Training, public officials and civil society on the different aspects of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in light of the CRPD;

Organized the so called "Movement D" (Observatory), with the participation of civil society organizations of persons with disabilities, of national rank, having as axis the CRPD. In this framework coordinated the work of civil society to push for ratification of the Convention and its Optional Protocol. Currently the Movement D, collaborates with the implementation aspects of the Convention in accordance to each type of disability;

Developed the work of co-writer and co-producer of the film trailer project - documentary "Six Women in America" that records the process of implementation of the CRPD, from the perspective of women and girls with disabilities;

  • Incorporation of the CRPD in the argumentation of cases before the Courts of Justice;

  • The coordinated the Human Rights Secretariat of ULAC. Has also collaborated in activities of RIADIS.

List of most recent publications in the field:

  • “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities/CRPD: Labor Approach”, Science and Technology Foundation FUCYT;

  • “Contribution of the academic world to the implementation of the CRPD: statistics, data collection, strategies and key actors”, book on Disability and Human Rights published by the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia;

  • “International legal obligations provided for in Article 12 of the CRPD to the States parties and their impact on domestic law”, National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina;

  • "CRPD / CEDAW and the gender perspective", paper presented at MINREL, Chile;

  • “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: its impact on human rights”, Aequitas Foundation, Spanish Notaries, Spain:

  • “International developments and paradigm shift about persons with disabilities: Challenges in the human rights approach for the XXI century”, Center for International Studies, Catholic University, Chile;

  • “The Right to Education: Legal Framework and Justiciability, contributions of the CRPD”, Latin American Journal of Inclusive Education. Iberoamerican Network of Research on Change and Effective School, Coordination Central University, Chile;

  • “Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities UN and its reach into the CEDDIS / OAS”. University of Buenos Aires, Argentina;

  • “Political and public participation / CRPD”, under publication, in a specialist magazine;

  • Currently, she is preparing material for a book on "Persons with Disabilities and Polyarchy (contemporary democracy)".

Alexander KELLMAN (El Salvador)

Name: Mar. Alexander Kellman

Profession: Lawyer and career diplomat

Date of Birth: June 13, 1966 (45 years old)

Birthplace: San Salvador, Republic of El Salvador

Marital status: Married

Working languages: Spanish, English, proficient in Braille

Cortical Visual Impairment due to brain injury (stroke) suffered in 1999

Academic Background

  • Diploma in "Economics, Finance and International Business" by the Matías Romero Institute of Diplomatic Studies (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico, 1994-1995);

  • Inter-American Course on International Migration, Organization of American States (OAS), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Government of Argentina (Mar del Plata, Argentina, November, 1995);

  • Bachelors Degree in Law, “Jose Simeon Canas”, Central American University (San Salvador, El Salvador, 1992);

  • Studies at the University of Panama School of Communication (Panama, 1987).

Professional Experience.

  • Head of the Disability and Human Rights Department, Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman (May 2011 to date);

  • External Consultant on Human Rights issues, attached to the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador (August 2005 to May 2009);

  • Deputy Ombudsman for Children and Youth rights, Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman (July 2001 to June 2002);

  • General Counselor, Social and Cultural Affairs Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador (October 1999 to June 2001);

  • Head of the Legal Affairs Department, pro bono, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador (February 2000);

  • Assistant Director General for foreign policy, Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, (January 26, 1999 to February 2000);

  • Minister Counselor in charge of the Sixth Committee (Legal Matters) and First Committee (Disarmament and International Security), Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations, New York (October 1997 to January 1999). Observing Representative to the International Law Commission and the Law Commission of the Sea, responsible also for monitoring the Ad-Hoc Group for Security Council reform and the preparatory committee for the establishment of the International Criminal Court;

  • Desk Officer at the Department of Social Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador (March 1996 to October 1997), in charge of the portfolios of Immigration, Refugees, Culture of Peace Education, Indigenous groups, Vulnerable Groups, Human Rights (Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), UNESCO-related affairs, Natural Disaster Reduction and International Humanitarian Law;

  • Head of the Social and Culture of Peace Section, Economic and Social Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador (January 1993 to February 1996);

  • Legal counsellor and Delegate to the Human Rights Commission of El Salvador (March to September 1990);

  • Other past mandates and assignments include also: Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Bureau and Standing Committee on Migrants, Member of International Humanitarian Law Board of El Salvador, Member of the Commission on the Child, Delegate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Advisor to the UNESCO National Commission, Deputy Representative to the Culture of Peace Programme National Coordinating Council (liaison officer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Member of the drafting committee for the Refugee protection Act (El Salvador), member to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs drafting committee for the country reports to the Human Rights treaty body system.

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Public International Law at the University of Sonsonate, Sonsonate, El Salvador (1996);

  • Assistant Professor of Corporate and Labour Law, “Jose Simeon Canas” Central American University, San Salvador (1990).


  • “The current problems of development”, San Salvador, January 1995;

  • “Institutional factors influencing development”, San Salvador, February 1995;

  • “Culture of Peace: Culture of Civility or New Social Contract?”, San Salvador, El Salvador, October 2000;

  • “International Criminal Court: referee or punisher?”, New York, USA, November 1998;

  • “Migrating: Right or decision?”, San Jose, Costa Rica, June 1996;

  • “Self-determination of peoples”, San Salvador, El Salvador, September 1995;

  • “Culture of Peace”, San Salvador, El Salvador, August 1994.

Other Activities and Memberships

  • Honorary member of the civil society group for the establishment of the International Criminal Court (San Salvador, El Salvador, July 2001);

  • Member of the Latin American Council of Peace Research (1995-1996);

  • Member (1991 to 1996) of the North San Salvador ROTARAC Club (Rotary International), serving as President (period 1995-1996), Treasurer, Secretary, as well as Director of Professional Development, Community Service and International Relations.

Silvia QUAN (Guatemala)

Name and first name: QUAN, Silvia

Date and place of birth: GUATEMALA, 25 January 1969.

Working languages: Spanish and English

Current position/function:

Since 2003 has been Director of the Disability Rights Advocacy Unit at the Guatemalan Ombudsman’s Office (NHRI); the main functions are advocacy and promotion of disability rights. Under this position, has also promoted mediation as a successful conflict resolution methodology in those cases where have been required to intervene. In her advocacy work she has paid particularly attention to and promoted civil society demands.

Main professional activities:

Professional work experiences includes: Academic and research work in Guatemala’s Universidad del Valle, social management in Guatemalan Foundation for Deaf-blind Children. She has also been researcher at the International Disability Rights Monitoring sponsored by Center for International Rehabilitation CIR(USA), and coordinator of the projects for research on disability and sexuality, and on gender and disability, both sponsored by the Guatemalan National Council for the Disabled (CONADI).

Educational background:

Pre-graduate degree in Mathematics, a graduate degree in Chemistry, Post-graduate degrees in Social Management and in Gender Studies, and a M.A. in Human Rights

Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned:

Played an important role in the UN Ad Hoc Committee which drafted the CRPD, serving as advisor to the Guatemalan delegation, and as member of the lobbying team representing the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development (IIDI). Has promoted and followed up on Guatemala’s ratification, and is currently monitoring the processes that the government has started to comply with the Convention’s provisions. Her role as advocate with a gender perspective has also been outstanding at regional and international levels; active collaborator of the Latin-American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS). Speaker in conferences throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, in North America and Europe. Was a member of the Boston-based Disability Rights Fund’s (DRF) Global Advisory Panel and Steering Committee (2008-2011).

List of most recent publications in the field:

The Penitentiary System and the Mental Health Hospital in Guatemala (http://www.disabilityworld.org/06-08_04/gov/guatemalamentalhealth.shtml); Guatemala: Leadership and Representation, a Challenge for the Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (http://www.disabilityworld.org/06-08_04/il/guatemala.shtml); Mecanismos Nacionales de Monitoreo de la Convención Internacional sobre Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad: La experiencia de Guatemala (http://www.nhri.net/2008/0805_libro_discapacidad.pdf).

Michel Archange PÉAN (Haiti)

Name and first name: PÉAN, Michel Archange

Date and place of birth: 12 juin 1944 – Plaisance, HAITI

Working languages: Français – Anglais

Current position/function:

Coordinateur National de la Société Nationale d’Aide aux Aveugles (SHAA)

Main professional activities:

Secrétaire d’État à l’Intégration des Personnes Handicapées (Mai 2007-Mai 2011) Coordonateur de la Commission de l’Adaptation Scolaire et d’Appui Social (1991-2007); Coordonateur National Société Haïtienne d’aide aux aveugles (1987-à nos jours); Professeur de Littérature Française, Université Kiskeya, Haiti); Professeur de Français, Suffolk University (E.U.), 1982; Professeur de Français, Boston College University, 1978-1987.

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