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Commissioner for Children’s Rights - Cyprus

Ms. Leda Koursoumba was appointed as the first Commissioner for Children’s Rights in August 2007 following the enactment by the House of Representatives of the Commissioner for the Protection of Children’s Rights Law in June 2007 (Law 74(I)/2007).

Ms Koursoumba officially assumed duties on 6 of February 2008. The appointment of the Commissioner was renewed by the Ministerial Council for a period of 6 years. On 2014 she was reappointed at the same position. Ms Koursoumba studied Law in England and she is a registered advocate in Cyprus. She has specialized in the fields of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Human Rights Law, in particular Children’s Rights Law, and has dealt extensively with issues relating to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and generally issues relating to children.

She has represented Cyprus before international courts, organizations and Committees of the United Nations and of the Council of Europe, in particular human rights treaty-bodies, including the Committee of Experts on the Rights of the Child.

She has served as President of the National Human Rights Institution of Cyprus (2003-2008).

She has served as Head of the Ad Hoc Technical Committee on the Laws within the framework of the Good Offices of the UN Secretary General for the Solution of the Cyprus Problem.

She was member of the Negotiating Team for the Accession of Cyprus to the European Union.

Ms Leda Koursoumba is also serving as Law Commissioner and Deputy President of the Cyprus Red Cross Society.

She is married and has a daughter and three grandchildren.

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