Australian expert to head up Bill of Rights Forum

Chris Sidoti has been appointed as Chairperson of the Bill of Rights Forum (a fuller bio here). He has held a number of official human rights positions in Australia as well as NGO’s. He presently heads the International Service for Human Rights based in Geneva. Although it seems the NIO has played some pathetic game over Mr Sidoti’s past work (see below the fold). The biographical description of Chris Sidoti in the NIO statement is as follows

Since 2003 Chris has been director of the International Service for Human Rights, a non-government organisation, based in Geneva, Switzerland, that works closely with the United Nations human rights system. A human rights lawyer, activist and teacher, he has been Australian Human Rights Commissioner (1995-2000), Australian Law Reform Commissioner (1992-1995), and Foundation Director of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (1987-1992). He has also worked in a number of non-government human rights organisations. While based in Australia until 2003, he worked extensively in the Asia Pacific region undertaking human rights training, policy and advisory work in many countries. He is a visiting professor at the University of Western Sydney and Griffith University in Australia.

This biographical description of Chris Sidoti on the ISHR site is as follows:

Chris Sidoti is a human rights lawyer, activist and teacher. He has been Australian Human Rights Commissioner (1995-2000), Australian Law Reform Commissioner (1992-1995) and Foundation Director of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (1987-1992). He has also worked in non-government organisations, including for the Human Rights Council of Australia and the Australian Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace. Although based in Australia until 2003, he has worked extensively in the Asia Pacific region for many years. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Western Sydney and Griffith University in Australia. Chris joined ISHR in September 2003.

Please note the strong correlation between the two texts except for NIO shyness about the NGOs Mr Sidoti has worked for. This seems like particularly pathetic behaviour by the NIO press office.