Paul Hunt, a New Zealand and British national, is a human rights expert who specialises in economic, social and cultural rights. Formerly a Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato (New Zealand) and a Professor of Law at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex (UK). He has held senior UN human rights appointments, including Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1999–2002), UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health (2002–2008) and Senior Human Rights Advisor to the Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization, Flavia Bustreo (2011–2013). In 2018, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, appointed Hunt to her Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership. In January 2019, he took up office as Chief Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission.Paul Hunt, a New Zealand and British national, is a human rights expert who specialises in economic, social and cultural rights. Formerly a Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato (New Zealand) and a Professor of Law at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex (UK). He has held senior UN human rights appointments, including Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1999–2002), UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health (2002–2008) and Senior Human Rights Advisor to the Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization, Flavia Bustreo (2011–2013). In 2018, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, appointed Hunt to her Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership. In January 2019, he took up office as Chief Commissioner at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission.
Anand Grover was the United Nations Special Rapporteur (2008-2014) on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health. Mr. Grover is a leading figure in efforts to use law to advance the rights of those living with, or vulnerable to, HIV/AIDS in India. As the director and co-founder of the Lawyers Collective, he has handled hundreds of HIV oriented cases in India on issues ranging from discrimination to access to medicines. He recently argued Naz Foundation Trust v. Government of NCT, Delhi and Others, in which the Delhi High Court struck down the criminal prohibitions relating to sodomy in the Indian Penal Code. Mr. Grover serves as a member of various renowned health boards. These include serving as a National Advisory Board Member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), a member of the World Care Council, a member of the Board of the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO), a member of the Core Group of NGOs representatives in the National Human Rights Commission of India, and a member of the National Advisory Board on HIV and AIDS set up by the Prime Minister of India. He was also a member of the drafting group of the International Guidelines on Human Rights & HIV/AIDS.
Dainius Pūras is a professor of child psychiatry and public mental health at Vilnius University, Lithuania. Since 2018 he is a director of the Human rights monitoring institute – NGO based in Lithuania. Among positions he was holding, he was a President of Lithuanian Psychiatric Association, Dean of Medical Faculty of Vilnius University, President of Baltic Association for Rehabilitation. In 2007-2011 Dainius Pūras was a member of the UN Committee on the rights of the child. In 2014 – 2020 Dainius Pūras was serving as a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health.
Dainius Pūras has been and remains actively involved in national and international activities in the field of developing and implementing evidence-based and human rights based health-related policies and services, with special focus on children, persons with disabilities, persons with mental health conditions and other groups in vulnerable situations and issues related to promotion of mental health and prevention of all forms of violence. His main interest is management of change in the field of health-related services regionally and globally, with main focus on operationalization of human rights based approach through effective policies and services.
Tlaleng Mofokeng is a medical doctor with expertise advocating for universal health access, HIV care, youth friendly services and family planning.
Tlaleng Mofokeng is Commissioner at the Commission for Gender Equality in South Africa and member of the boards of Safe Abortion Action Fund, Global Advisory Board for Sexual Health and Wellbeing, Accountability International. She is also the Chair of the Soul City Institute board. She has experience in advocacy training for healthcare professionals and her areas of focus have been on gender equality, policy, maternal and neonatal health, universal health access, post violence care, menstrual health, and HIV management.
Tlaleng Mofokeng has been advisor to the Technical Committee for the National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Framework Strategy in South Africa, successfully mobilizing across movements working on issues of children and adolescents, persons with disabilities, migrants and persons living with HIV/AIDS. She has briefed the United States Senate congressional staff on the impact of the Global Gag Rule globally and in the region. She has worked as a first responder on matters of gender-based violence, and has been an expert witness in court, leaning on the work of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to defend the rights of the abused with an interest to ensure access to post violence care.
Allan Maleche is a dynamic leader, an advocate of the high court of Kenya and a human rights defender with over twelve years of experience in law, ethics, governance, policy, health and rights, including seven years managing rights-based programmes that protect affected, marginalised and vulnerable populations. He sits on the UNAIDS Human Rights Reference group. A former Board Member of the Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund Board, where he also served as Alternate Board Member. Allan is also a former member of the Global Fund’s Audit and Finance Committee, and the former Chair of the Implementers Group of the Global Fund Board.
"Dignity is a pivotal principle. Vulnerability should be positioned not as a personal choice or inherent trait, but as something that is brought about by environmental challenges." Tlaleng Mofokeng
Each Special Rapporteur has made significant contributions to our understanding of states’ obligations and the entitlement of all people to the right to health. The first dialogue in this series provided a unique opportunity for the current and former mandate holders to come together and reflect on the successes and challenges of the mandate since its creation in 2002.
In this dialogue, the Rapporteurs discussed how the mandate has transformed the meaning and operationalization of the right to health. They explored the meaning of economic and social rights in an era of rights restrictions, as well as the current and future impacts of COVID-19 on the right to health. Dainius Pūras reflected on his work over the last six years to emphasize the interdependence of all rights, and the urgent need to prioritize mental health as an equal human right.