Pole elected to UN committee against racial discrimination

A Polish university professor has been elected as a member of international body against racial discrimination.

Prof. Michal Balcerzak, a lecturer at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, north-central Poland, who specialises in human rights issues, was elected to a four-year term on the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) during a UN General Assembly held in New York on June 24, the Polish representation to the UN has announced.

CERD is a body of 18 independent experts that monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its state parties.

Poland has been a member of CERD since its creation in the 1960s.