Advocate Supreme Court and International Law expert, Ahmer Bilal Soofi on Monday, 22nd February 2016 was unanimously elected as the Chairperson of the United Nations Human Rights Expert Advisory Committee in its 16th session in Geneva. Motion for his Chairmanship was put on table by Mr. Kaoru Obata of Japan and was passed without any objections. He is the first ever Pakistani to be appointed as the Chairman of the distinguished committee. President of the Human Rights Council was also present during the election of Mr. Soofi and later congratulated him. He will now lead the 18 member experts Committee for this year. Soofi was previously serving his second term as an elected expert member of Committee.
The United Nations Human Rights Expert Advisory Committee is constituted pursuant to Council resolution 5/1 paragraphs 65 to 84. It is established to function as a think-tank for the Council and work at its direction. The Committee is composed of 18 independent experts from different professional backgrounds representing the various regions of the world (5 from African States; 5 from Asian States; 2 from Eastern European States; 3 from Latin American and Caribbean States, and 3 from Western European and other States).
In his opening address, he thanked the other experts for their confidence and declared a firm resolve to pursue the interests of the committee. Under his Chairmanship, it is expected that the committee will take up many issues including Leprosy related discrimination, unaccompanied minor and adolescent migrants and the activities of vulture funding in its ongoing weeklong session.