Aakar Patel announced new head of Amnesty International India
India: 18 June 2015 7:57 pm
Journalist and writer Aakar Patel has joined Amnesty International India as its new Executive Director from today.
Aakar Patel will head Amnesty International India’s operations and its efforts to end human rights abuses in India and worldwide. As the organization’s chief political advisor, strategist and spokesperson, he will give direction to its goal of being an independent, effective, and deep-rooted organization in India.
“We are delighted that Aakar Patel will be joining us. Amnesty International India is one of the movement’s three national offices, set up to increase our impact in countries with growing global influence which continue to face human rights challenges. Aakar’s commitment to human rights in his journalism and writing positions him perfectly to take on this important role,” said Minar Pimple, Senior Director of Global Operations at Amnesty International.
“Amnesty International India has a terrific team that does vital work. I am proud and honoured to be working with them,” said Aakar Patel.
With a background in the textile industry, Aakar’s work includes ‘India: Low Trust Society’ (2015) and ‘Rights and Wrongs’, a report on the 2002 Gujarat riots which he co-authored.
More recently, Aakar has been working as a columnist with publications in India and Pakistan. He also does television and radio work as an independent expert.
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