Anastasia Crickley, of Ireland, has been elected to a four-year term as a member of the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. She was one of nine people who were elected or re-elected to the Committee. Among them was another good friend of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Patrick Thornberry. Anastasia, who is an academic at the NUI Maynooth, where she is head of the department of Applied Social Studies, has served in a number of important positions related to anti-racism, including chair of the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism and, most recently, aas inaugural chair of the management board of the European Fundamental Rights Agency.
She is the second Irish person to be elected to a United Nations treaty body, joining Michael O'Flaherty, who is serving his second term as a member of the Human Rights Committee.
It is often said that in the field of human rights Ireland, with a population of less than 6 million, punches above its weight.
Congratulations, Anastasia. Congratulations, Patrick.