Matteo Mecacci (Italy)

Country: Italy

Matteo Mecacci is the president of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), an organization working to defend the people of Tibet’s human rights.

Meccaci served as the representative of the Transnational Radical Party and No Peace Without Justice at the United Nations in New York from 2000 to 2008, where he coordinated various campaigns to foster democracy and protect human rights. He played an important role in the international campaign that in 2007, led to the adoption of the first UN General Assembly resolution calling for a world moratorium of capital executions and the abolition of the death penalty. Additionally, his work helped various countries adhere to the Rome statute that established the International Criminal Court. As a member of an international NGO coalition, he advocated for United Nations reform – in particular the United Nations Commission on Human Rights – and he was one of the promoters of the International Steering Committee of the Community of Democracies.

Meccaci’s career spans both civil society and political work. Fro 2008 to 2013, he served as a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. He also organized the 5th World Parliamentarians Convention on Tibet in Rome, which hosted the Dalai Lama and established an International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT). As a member of the Tibetan Election Observation Mission, he advocated for Tibetan democracy and supported the community in exile’s elections for the Central Tibetan Administration leadership.

Meccaci was an elected official for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly. In 2013, he supervised elections in Georgia as the Head of Mission for the OSCE/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) for the Presidential Elections in Georgia.