Tunisia was elected on Tuesday as a member of the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances for the period 2017-2019.
The elections were held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the occasion of the fourth session of the States members of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
According to a statement of the Foreign Affairs Ministry,Tunisian candidate, Moncef Baâti, collected 50 votes out of a total of 55, taking the lead. Four other experts from Japan, Argentina, Serbia and Morocco were also elected.
“The election of Tunisia confirms the good reputation it enjoys with the international community and its permanent concern to consolidate and safeguard human rights especially after its election as a member of the Human Rights Council of the UN” the statement said.
Tunisia is already a member of the Human Rights Committee against Torture, the Rights of the Child and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as the Sectoral Committee for the Prevention of Torture.
The United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances was established following the International Convention for the Protection of Persons from Enforced Disappearances adopted by Tunisia in 2011.