Salil Shetty next Secretary General of Amnesty International

Amnesty International has appointed Salil Shetty as its next Secretary General. Shetty, an Indian national, has been the Director of the UN’s Millennium Campaign for the past six years and the Chief Executive of international anti-poverty NGO ActionAid before then. “We are thrilled that Salil will be joining us and leading Amnesty International as we renew our fight to end injustice – campaigning with those imprisoned because of their ideas, those on death row, those being tortured, and those who have their rights denied because they live in poverty,” said Peter Pack, the chair of Amnesty’s International Executive Committee [the organization’s governing body]. “As we approach our 50th anniversary, we have ambitious plans to expand our work, especially in the global south, and Salil has a solid track record in mobilising people, civil society, governments and international organizations in the fight for people’s rights and dignity. He’s absolutely the right person to take Amnesty International into the next stage of our work,” added Peter Pack. “I feel privileged to be given this amazing opportunity at a time when the world needs human rights for all more than ever before,” said Salil Shetty. Salil Shetty will start in June 2010. He succeeds Irene Khan who steps down after eight years as Amnesty International’s Secretary General on 31st December 2009.