Bacre Ndiaye (Senegal) served the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva and New York in various capacities between 1998 and 2014. Previously, he was UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, participating in missions to the former Yugoslavia (1992), including for the International Commission of investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Rwanda (1993 and 1994), and Papua New Guinea (1995). Mr. Ndiaye was a member of the Senegalese Bar Council from 1982 to 1998 and served as its Secretary General for eight years (1983–1991). In 1995, he was appointed member of the Truth and Justice Commission in Haiti.
Fatimata M'Baye (Mauritania) is Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights, President of the Mauritanian Human Rights Association and is on the board of the West Africa Civil Society Institute. She served on the 2004 International Commission of Inquiry on Côte d'Ivoire and on the 2014 Commission of Inquiry on the Central African Republic. She is a board member of the UN Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights and is an advisory lawyer for the Swiss NGO
Terre des Hommes, giving legal support to minors accused of criminal offences. In 1999, she became the first African to receive the Nuremberg International Prize for Human Rights, for her work on human rights in Africa.
Luc Côté (Canada) has been a criminal law attorney for nearly 30 years, with a particular focus on International Criminal Law, and is an expert on transitional justice. He served as a Senior Legal Adviser with the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (1995-1999), and Chief of Prosecutions for the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2003-2005). He was Executive Director of the UN Independent Special Commission of Inquiry for Timor-Leste (2006), led the UN mapping exercise on the Democratic Republic of Congo (2008-2010), served on the Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Kyrgyzstan (2011), and coordinated the program to support the rule of law for the UN Mission in Haiti (2013-2015). Mr. Côté also worked on projects in Kenya, Somalia, Central African Republic, Bosnia, Haiti and Lebanon.
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