First Israeli appointed as UNHRC expert

Dual Israeli-British citizen, Frances Raday, was appointed to the UN's working group on discrimination against women in law and practice.

March 25, 2011 04:57
Dual Israeli-British citizen Frances Raday.

Frances Raday 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

For the first time in its five-year history, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed an Israeli to one of its working groups.

On Wednesday the UNHRC appointed a dual Israeli-British citizen, Frances Raday, to its working group on discrimination against women in law and practice.

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Raday is a professor emeritus at the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law and has been an expert member of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Aharon Leshno-Yaar said, “We are very proud of this [UNHRC] decision. It is an honor for the State of Israel and its academicians, especially at a time when there is a campaign to delegitimize the academia in the State of Israel."

“While we continue to struggle against the attempts by our adversaries to criticize Israel at the UN, at the same time we promote Israel’s positive agenda of contributing to the work of the UN in all the fields of life,” Leshno-Yaar said.

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