Honorary Members

The honorary members are individuals who have made distinctive contributions in the field of human rights, and in particular in the UPR, during their careers.

  • Luis Alfonso de Alba (Mexico) - Embassy of Mexico in Vienna

Ambassador de Alba has been career diplomat since 1983 and is currently Mexico’s Ambassador to Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna. He has previously served in various capacities, including the following:Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations in New York (2011-2013); Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva (2004-2009); Alternate Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN in New York (2002-2004); and, Alternate Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Organization of American States (1994-1998). In addition, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico he served as Special Representative for Climate Change (2009-2011), Director-General for the United Nations System (1998-2001) and Director for Social and Humanitarian Affairs of the UN (1991-1993). Lastly, he has been Vicepresident of the Economic and Social Council of the UN (2012) as well as the first President of the Human Rights Council in Geneva (2006-2007), among others.

Ambassador de Alba has several publications and has received different awards during his diplomatic career. He has a degree on International Relations from the Institut des hautes études internationales, in Paris.

  • Laura Dupuy Lasserre (Uruguay) - Permanent Mission of Uruguay

Ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre serves as Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations Office at Geneva since October 2009, and was President of the Human Rights Council from 2011 to 2012.

Prior to her appointment to Geneva, since October 2008, Ms. Dupuy Lasserre had been serving as Director of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 2007 and 2008, she was Director for the Americas, responsible for bilateral relations with the 34 countries in the region. In October 2010 she also served as President-Rapporteur of the Social Forum 2010 on Climate Change and Human Rights

A career diplomat, Ms. Dupuy Lasserre worked at the Directorate of Environment from 1992 to 1994. From 1995 to 2000, she served as delegate of Uruguay to the United Nations Office and International Organizations in Geneva. During 2000 and 2001 she worked at the General Directorate on Integration and MERCOSUR. And between 2002 and 2007, she served as Alternate Representative to the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Dupuy Lasserre received a degree in International Relations from the University of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay in 1990. Born in Montevideo on 18 September 1967, she is married with one son.

  • Bertrand G. Ramcharan (Guyana) - Former Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights

Dr. Ramcharan was President of UPR Info from 2011 to 2014. Prior to this, he was acting High Commissioner for Human Rights from August 2003 July 2004. During his three decades with the United Nations, Dr. Ramcharan served in the Centre for Human Rights as Special Assistant to the Director, as the Secretary-General’s Chief Speechwriter, as Director of the Office of the Special Representative for the Secretary-General in UNPROFOR, as Director of the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia, as political adviser to the peace negotiators in the Yugoslav conflict, and as a Director in the United Nations Political Department, focusing on conflicts in Africa.

A barrister of Lincoln’s Inn, with a Doctorate in international law from the London School of Economics and Political Science earned in 1973, Dr. Ramcharan was Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights Law at Columbia University and has written or edited some twenty books and numerous articles. He holds the Diploma in International Law of the Hague Academy of International Law, where he has also been Director of Studies.