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human rights activist

Irene Zubaida Khan, Bangladeshi human rights activist. Achievements include recognition as the first woman, the first Asian, the first Bangladeshi and the first Muslim to hold the position of Amnesty International Secretary General. Recipient Pilkington Woman of Year award, 2002, Sydney Peace prize, 2006; grantee Ford Foundation fellowship.

Background

Khan, Irene Zubaida was born on December 24, 1956 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Education

Student, Victoria University Manchester, England. Graduate, Harvard Law School, 1978. Doctor (honorary), Ghent University, Belgium, 2007.

Doctor (honorary), University London. Doctor (honorary), University Manchester.

Career

Co-founder emergency relief organization Concern Universal, 1977. Human rights activist International Commission Jurists, 1979. Joined Office United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), 1980, senior executive officer to commissioner, 1991—1995, chief of mission India, 1995—1998, deputy director international protection, 1999.

Secretary general Amnesty International, 2001—2009. Chancellor University Salford, England, since 2009.

Achievements

  • Achievements include recognition as the first woman, the first Asian, the first Bangladeshi and the first Muslim to hold the position of Amnesty International Secretary General.