|Aug.29,2018-- The state parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on Tuesday chose Andreas Zimmermann of Germany to fill the vacancy arising from the resignation of a member of the treaty's monitoring body, the Human Rights Committee.
In a by-election held at UN headquarters in New York, Andreas Zimmermann was elected by acclamation into the committee to carry on the work of Anja Seibert-Fohr, also from Germany, whose term expires on Dec. 31, 2020.
After Seibert-Fohr's resignation took effect in March, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres invited in May the state parties to submit nominations for her successor by July 2. Zimmermann was the only candidate that had been nominated before the deadline.
Currently, Zimmermann serves as chair of International and European Union Law and director of Potsdam Center of Human Rights at the University of Potsdam, Germany.
He taught international law, in particular human rights, international criminal law and international humanitarian law at Kiel University from 2000 to 2008, and has been teaching these subjects at Potsdam University since 2008.
He has also been heading the international law education for German diplomats since 2009.
The Human Rights Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its 170 state parties.
The covenant commits its parties to respect the civil and political rights of individuals, including the right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, electoral rights and rights to due process and a fair trial.
It is a multilateral treaty adopted by the UN General Assembly with a resolution on Dec. 16, 1966, and entered in force on March 23, 1976, three months after the date of the deposit of the thirty-fifth instrument of ratification or accession.