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Irene Khan

Irene Khan

Irene Khan is the Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). She previously served as Secretary General of Amnesty International.

Irene helped to found the development organization, Concern Universal, in 1977, and began her work as a human rights activist with the International Commission of Jurists in 1979. She joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1980, and worked in a variety of positions at Headquarters and in field operations to promote the international protection of refugees. She was appointed as the UNHCR Chief of Mission in India in 1995 and as Deputy Director of International Protection in 1999.

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Commentary: Cleaning Up Recruitment and Return Practices to Protect Migrant Workers

This op-Ed was originally published on TheDailyStar.net.

As tens of thousands of Bangladeshi workers fled the conflict in Libya, their plight exposed the vulnerability of migrant labour. It also laid bare the gaps in protecting the human rights of...

28 June 2011

By Irene Khan

A woman walks along an oil pipeline near Shell’s Utorogu Flow Station in Nigeria.

Commentary: Controversy Over Niger Delta Oil Pollution Study - Independence and Impartiality

For the past three years the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) has been investigating the environmental impact of oil spills in Ogoniland in the Niger Delta.

Although the report is not due until early 2011, an article in the Guardian last month...

08 September 2010

By Irene Khan

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