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Amnesty International establishes Nairobi base

18 September 2013, 17:07

Nairobi - International human rights group, Amnesty International, said it will establish offices of its newly-formed Global Council in Kenya before the end of the year.

The Global Council, a forum that will see leaders in the arts, business and philanthropy work together to further human rights, is expected to play an important role in generating support for the growth of Amnesty International in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

The initiative will see ten regional offices open in major cities across the world by 2017, as the organization aims to build membership and human rights support throughout the global South and East. 

“The first regional offices will open in Dakar, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and Nairobi by the end of 2013,” Amnesty International confirmed on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Global Council members will contribute the expertise from their respective sectors to help raise support for Amnesty International and its human rights priorities.

According to the organization, they have agreed to act as champions for the world’s first and largest human rights movement.

The founding members of the Global Council are: the author Paulo Coelho; Executive Director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Hadeel Ibrahim; philanthropist Lord Michael Levy; Tanzanian entrepreneur Ali Mufuruki; financier and philanthropist Krishna Rao; and education entrepreneur Sunny Varkey.

“I am very grateful to all of those who have accepted my invitation to join the Global Council. I know they will bring invaluable support as we seek to ensure Amnesty’s growth around the world,” stated Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

 “I look forward to working with such respected leaders in the arts and business. It will be beneficial to draw on their expertise to provide advice and guidance to help in our work to advance justice and human rights,” Shetty added.

- CAJ News


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