Avinash Kumar Announced the New Head of Amnesty International India
Bengaluru/ New Delhi: 15 November 2019 2:08 pm
The Board of Trustees of Indians for Amnesty International Trust (IAIT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Avinash Kumar as Executive Director with effect from December 1, 2019.
A Ph.D. in Modern History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Kumar is currently Director of Programmes and Policy at WaterAid India. Blending academics with activism, Kumar worked earlier with Oxfam and did a post-doctoral fellowship at School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
As part of the Nobel Prize winning movement, Amnesty India’s work is to uphold universal human rights and foster accountability through research and advocacy on long-term issues such as human rights education and gender-based violence.
Over four million Indians have supported Amnesty India’s work in the last six years. Avinash Kumar will head Amnesty International India’s operations and its efforts to end human rights abuses in India and worldwide. He will give direction to its goal of being an independent, effective, and deep-rooted organization in India.
“It’s a great challenge to be leading Amnesty at a time when civil and political rights seem to be increasingly violated in the context of people asserting their socio-economic rights,” Kumar said.
The Board takes this opportunity to thank Aakar Patel for steering the organization through a difficult period and is happy that he will continue to be associated with the Amnesty movement.
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