Claude Cahn
 
At present I am Human Rights Adviser, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). From April 2009-August 2015, I was based in the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Moldova.  In September 2015, my position moved to Serbia.  
 
In my current position, I have been engaged in safeguarding human rights in the context of the arrival of heightened numbers of migrants and refugees along the Balkan land route; advancing Roma inclusion; and work in support of the rights of persons with disabilities. 

During over six years in the Republic of Moldova, I was instrumental in securing ratification by Moldova of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; the establishment of a govern­ment working group on human rights in the health sector as well as an Ombudsperson for psychiatry; Moldova's first human rights-framed Roma inclusion action plan; and extensive efforts in the field of diversity leading up to and following the adoption in May 2012 of the Law on Ensuring Equality.  In addition to a number of legal and policy reforms, my work in Moldova resulted in its first ever successful LGBT Pride events, the first official recognition of a Muslim community, Moldova's first NGO of users and survivors of psychiatry.
 
I was previously Head of Advocacy Unit with the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) (2007-2009). Between 1996 and 2007, I worked for the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) in a number of capacities including Programmes Director and Acting Executive Director. I have been continuously involved in efforts to secure justice for Romani women coercively sterilized in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, as well as in other aspects of the struggle to combat racism and discrimination against Roma, including school desegregation efforts in a number of countries.  I witnessed the ethnic cleansing of Roma, Askalis and Egyptians from Kosovo in 1999, and have endeavored to advance effective remedy for these acts ever since. 
 
I hold a Bachelors degree in English and American Literature (Oberlin College, 1990), Masters degrees in History (Central European University, 1995) and International Human Rights Law (Oxford 2008), and a PhD in Law (Radboud University, Nijmegen, 2014).   I have side interests in music, food, photography and trout fishing.     I speak Romani, Czech, Hungarian, German, French and Romanian, in addition to my native English.
 
I am married to Cosmina Novacovici and we have two beautiful daughters, Kali and Hani.
  

Laying flowers at the martyrs to oppression monument with Artiom Zavadovschi and Alexei Marcikov, 
Chisinau Pride 2014