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
Sheila B. Keetharuth (Mauritius) is a human rights defender from Mauritius who has worked and travelled in mainland Africa for over two and a half decades. She is a committed human rights advocate having extensive experience in research, advocacy, litigation and training in Africa.
Ms Keetharuth was appointed in October 2012 as the first Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea. She served as a member of the Commission of Inquiry on human rights in Eritrea between 2014 and 2016.
Until 30 June 2012, Ms Keetharuth was the Executive Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA), a pan-African NGO based in Banjul, The Gambia.
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