Foreign secretary announces member of human rights advisory group

Foreign secretary announces member of human rights advisory group

November, 11, 2010 • Posted by 0 Comments

The following information was released by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):

The Human Rights Advisory Group has been established to give the Foreign Secretary the best possible information about human rights challenges, and for the Foreign Office to benefit from outside advice on the conduct of its policy.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

“Human rights are essential to and indivisible from the UK’s foreign policy priorities.”

“The members of this group are eminent individuals with a broad range of human rights experience, drawn from NGOs, the legal and academic communities and international bodies. I am delighted that they have agreed to join this Group and look forward to working with them to improve and strengthen our international human rights work.”

The invited individuals are:

– Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK

– Dr Chaloka Beyani, LSE and UN Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced People

– Dr Agnes Callamard, Director of Article 19

– Joel Edwards, International Director of Micha Challenge

– Malcolm Evans, University of Bristol, UK member of the United Nations Sub-committee on the Prevention of Torture

– Sapna Malik, Partner, Leigh Day and Co. Solicitors

– Professor Susan Marks, LSE

– Tim Otty QC, Blackstone Chambers

– Tom Porteous, Director of Human Rights Watch, London

– Sir Nigel Rodley, University of Essex, Member of the UN Human Rights Committee

– Dame Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive of Oxfam GB

– Professor Surya Subedi, University of Leeds and UN Special Rapporteur for Cambodia

– Sir Nicholas Young, Chief Executive, the British Red Cross

The individuals have been invited in a personal capacity, to provide external advice on human rights in foreign policy, and on options for addressing human rights problems.

The Group will be chaired by the Foreign Secretary and will hold two meetings a year. It will meet for the first time on 2 December. Junior ministers and Foreign Office officials will also chair additional meetings on key issues agreed by the Group.

The Foreign Secretary announced the formation of the Advisory Group in his 15 September speech entitled “Britain’s Values in a networked world”.

Further information

Short biographies of the members are below:

Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK

Kate Allen is the Director of Amnesty International UK, a major human rights campaigning

organisation with a quarter of a million members.

Dr Chaloka Beyani, LSE and UN Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced People

Dr Beyani is a Senior Lecturer at the LSE, specialising in human rights law, and recently assisted in drafting the Kenyan constitution.

Dr Agnes Callamard, Executive Director of ARTICLE 19

Agnes Callamard is the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, a leading international NGO defending freedom of expression and information.

Joel Edwards, International Director of Micah Challenge

Mr Edwards is International Director of Micah Challenge, a global Christian charity working for the eradication of poverty and implementation of the MDGs. He was formerly a Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Malcolm Evans OBE, University of Bristol, member of the United Nations Sub-committee on the Prevention of Torture

Malcolm Evans was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Bristol. In addition to his expertise in torture prevention he is currently a member of the OSCE Advisory Panel on Freedom of Religion and Belief.

Sapna Malik, Partner, Leigh Day and Co. Solicitors

Sapna Malik is a partner at Leigh Day and Co, with 12 years of litigation experience, specialising in bringing international claims and group actions.

Professor Susan Marks, LSE

Susan Marks joined LSE in 2010 as a Professor of International Law. Her research interests include democracy, poverty, torture and counter-terrorism.

Tim Otty QC, Blackstone Chambers

Tim Otty joined Blackstone Chambers in 2010 and is a leading commercial, public and public international law expert.

Tom Porteous, UK Director of Human Rights Watch

Tom Porteous Directs the London Office of Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.

Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, University of Essex, Member of the UN Human Rights Committee

Professor Rodley is Chair of the University of Essex Human Rights Centre. He is a former UN Special Rapporteur on torture and currently a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists.

Dame Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive of Oxfam GB

Barbara Stocking has been Chief Executive of Oxfam GB since 2001. Oxfam is a major international non-government organisation whose mission is “to work with others to overcome poverty and suffering”

Professor Surya Subedi OBE

Professor Subedi is Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds and serves as the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia.

Sir Nicholas Young, Chief Executive, the British Red Cross

Sir Nicholas has been chief executive of the British Red Cross since July 2001. The British Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the world’s largest independent humanitarian organisation.

States News Service
November 11, 2010 Thursday
FOREIGN SECRETARY ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY GROUP
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