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Irene Khan, LLM Biography

Former Secretary General of Amnesty International
Con to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"

“This [annual deadline for the US to renew the embargo against Cuba under the Trading with the Enemy Act] is the perfect opportunity for President Obama to distance himself from the failed policies of the past and to send a strong message to the US Congress on the need to end the embargo. The US embargo against Cuba is immoral and should be lifted. It’s preventing millions of Cubans from benefiting from vital medicines and medical equipment essential for their health.”

“USA: President Obama Should Take the Lead on Lifting Embargo Against Cuba,” amnesty,org, Sep. 2, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director-General, International Development Law Organization, 2011-present
  • Consulting editor, Daily Star (Bangladesh), May 2010-present
  • Chancellor, University of Salford, 2009-present
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice(MRFCJ)
  • UK Charity Commissioner, 2010-2011
  • Secretary General of Amnesty International, Aug. 2001- Dec. 2009
  • Recipient, Sydney Peace Prize, 2006
  • Recipient, John Owens Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Manchester, 2003
  • Recipient, Pilkington Woman of the Year Award, 2002
  • Deputy Director of International Protection, UNCHR, 1999
  • Appointed UNHCR Chief of Mission in India, 1995
  • Worked for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 1980-2000
  • Human rights activist, International Commission of Jurists, 1979
  • Co-founder, Concern Universal, 1977
  • Recipient, Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1979
  • LLM, Harvard University Law School, 1979
  • Attended Victoria University of Manchester
  • Born Dec. 24, 1956 in Bangladesh
  • First woman, first Asian, and first Muslim to lead Amnesty International
  • Has received honorary doctorates from Ferris University (Japan), Staffordshire University (UK), Ghent University (Belgium), University of London, University of Manchester and American University of Beirut
  • Twitter handle: @Irenekhan
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