The Amnesty International movement is deeply saddened by the tragic and sudden death of our colleague Gaëtan Mootoo, Researcher for West Africa, who had been with the organisation for over 30 years.
Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, said:
“The global Amnesty International movement has tragically lost one of its most dedicated and passionate human rights experts. For over 30 years, Gaëtan documented human rights abuses in West Africa and worked tirelessly to bring justice to victims and affected communities. Having travelled on a sensitive mission to Nouakchott to meet the President of Mauritania and victims of human rights abuses there, I have seen first-hand Gaëtan’s commitment, competence and sensitivity on the ground. We express our deepest condolences to Gaëtan’s family and loved ones. We will remain inspired by his deep commitment to justice and human rights, and will hold his memory in our hearts.”
Amnesty International is now working to provide support and counselling for colleagues directly affected by this tragic loss.