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Another accolade for Senior Australian of the Year

Australia's Senior Australian of the Year, Professor Ron McCallum (Gazette, February 2011), has added another honour to his CV at the announcement he will chair the committee overseeing all UN human rights committees for one year.
Prof McCallum, who has been blind since birth, was last month also re-elected chair of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Gazette, August 2010).

That committee oversees the implementation of the most recent of the UN's conventions.

"This is a great honour for Ron personally, but is a phenomenal gesture on the part of the UN Office of Human Rights to appoint a disabled person to undertake this prestigious role," said Professor Mary Crock, Prof McCallum's wife.

The UN has nine human rights’ committees looking at issues including torture, the rights of women, the rights of the child, elimination of all forms of discrimination, migrant workers and the rights of the disabled.

Prof McCallum is the only Australian currently serving in an elected position within the UN's human rights treaty organisations.

by Jacquelyn Hole

Courtesy of Gazette May 2011
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