South Africa's Advocate Pansy Tlakula has been elected to serve on a United Nation Human Rights body, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Advocate Tlakula will serve on this important Human Rights Treaty-monitoring body for four years, for the period 2020 to 2023.

The announcement was made by South Africa's Department of  International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) as the Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, congratulated Advocate Tlakula on her appointment.

Advocate Tlakula holds a B. Proc degree from South Africa's University of the North, which is now known as the University of Limpopo, an LL.B degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LL.M degree from Harvard University. For this position, she was elected among 14 candidates, who sought to fill nine vacancies on the 18-person Committee. Meeting in New York on Friday, 21 June 2019, the 181 State Parties elected nine new members to this Committee. The Committee (CERD) comprises of 18 experts.

For the past 24 years, Adv Tlakula has occupied leadership positions in independent constitutional bodies nationally and on the African continent. These positions have equipped her with practical skills and experience to perform her functions with impartiality and without fear, favour or prejudice.

Before the appointment to CERD, Advocate Tlakula was appointed as the Chairperson of Information Regulator (South Africa). The Information Regulator was formed after South Africa's Protection of Personal Information Act (PPI Act) was enacted and is tasked with monitoring and enforcing compliance by public and private bodies in South Africa with the provisions of the PPI Act.

According to the Information Regulator, Advocate Tlakula's appointment to the CERD is a part-time position that will not affect her job as the chairperson of South Africa's Information Regulator.

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