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Secretary general of Amnesty International to speak at LSE on International Human Rights Day

Irene Khan, secretary general of Amnesty International, will reflect on Amnesty's record, the challenges of the future and how the organisation is facing the issue of human rights in a post 11 September world, in an event to mark International Human Rights Day on Wednesday 10 December at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The subject of human rights stands at a critical juncture. Only a little while ago, the progress of human dignity seemed a given. Now there are times when everything - human rights, international law, democracy itself - seems to be up for grabs. Which way will the world plunge?

Standing right at the centre of the debate about the direction of freedom and human rights is Amnesty International, the organisation viewed by many as the conscience of civilised people everywhere.

Irene Zubaida Khan joined Amnesty International as the organization's seventh Secretary General in August 2001. In her first year in office, Irene reformed AI's response to crisis situations, personally leading high level missions to Pakistan during the bombing of Afghanistan, to Israel/Occupied Territories just after the Israeli occupation of Jenin, and to Colombia before the Presidential elections in May 2003. Deeply concerned about violence against women, she has initiated a process of consultations with women activists to design a global campaign by Amnesty International against violence on women.

Professor Peter Townsend, LSE, will chair this event, which is hosted by the Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

LSE's International Human Rights Day lecture is on Wednesday 10 December at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE. The event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


  • Members of the public: this event will be filled on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact Joy Whyte on 020 7955 6428 or email j.m.whyte@lse.ac.uk
  • Members of the press: to reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk


Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Launched in autumn 2000 - and, thanks to the generous support of The Sigrid Rausing Trust, with a full-time director in post since October 2002 - the Centre for the Study of Human Rights draws upon LSE's considerable expertise and resources in the social sciences to develop its programmes of teaching, research and outreach in the field of human rights. More information can be found at Centre for the Study of Human Rights|

4 December 2003