Nations: India's nominee Dilip Lahiri has been
re-elected to serve on the UN Committee on the Elimination of
Racial Discrimination (CERD) for a three year term, beginning Jan
Lahiri, who has had a distinguished career in the Indian Foreign
Service for close to four decades before retiring in 2005, secured
147 votes in the elections held here Wednesday. Huang Yong'an of
China was also elected with 148 votes.
Other elected members include Romania, Colombia, South Africa,
Burkina Faso, Guatemala and the US.
Lahiri, a member of the CERD since 2008, has previously served as
Indian ambassador to Peru, Bolivia, Spain and France.
He has had long experience of multilateral diplomacy in the UN,
the Nonaligned Movement and the Commonwealth covering security and
disarmament, international law, human rights and social issues,
climate change and environment.
Lahiri has supervised the preparation of India's national reports
to the monitoring bodies of various UN human rights instruments
and also participated in the process of amending domestic laws to
conform to UN human rights instruments to which India became
The CERD is a body of independent experts that monitors
implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms
of Racial Discrimination by its State parties.