August 31, 2017
Human rights lawyer Melissa Upreti of Nepal has been appointed for a three-year term to the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (HRC) Working Group. She will represent the Asia Pacific region at the HRC as an independent legal expert.
A graduate from Columbia Law School, Upreti has an extensive experience of over 15 years in building strategic partnerships for promoting gender equality in Asia. She is currently associated with the University of Toronto International Reproductive and Sexual Health Program as a Reproductive and Sexual Health Law fellow.
The list of appointees released by Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli, President of the HRC, includes representatives from Zambia, France, Ethiopia, Croatia and Australia.
The HRC is a subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly and is the highest political human rights body in the UN. The Working Group of the HRC has been setup with the core objective of promoting gender equality and addressing the global discrimination against women.