Georgia, Tbilisi, Sept. 10 / Trend N.Kirtskhalia /
Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Georgia Konstantin Vardzelashvili was elected to the UN Committee on Human Rights for 2013-2016. His candidacy was supported by 133 of the 167 members of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The committee is composed of 18 independent experts. Its main function is control of the obligations of State parties to the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Covenant participants regularly report to the committee on human rights practices. Citizens can also submit complaints over violations of their civil and political rights. Rotation of half the members of the committee takes place once every two years.
As reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, the election of Professor Vardzelashvili as committee member is recognition of Georgia's law school and an important victory for Georgian diplomacy.
The representatives of Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Algeria, Egypt, Argentina, Mauritius, and Costa Rica have been elected as new committee members for 2013-2016.