Amnesty reaffirms human rights commitments

21 August 2007 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Amnesty International, Human rights, Irene Khan, Sydney Peace Prize | Leave a comment

At the concluding session of Amnesty International’s 28th International Council Meeting , the international human rights group reaffirmed its commitments to tackle poverty and disparity as the gravest global threats to universal human rights.

More than 400 delegates from 75 countries participated in Amnesty’s two-yearly forum to plan, review and decide the organization’s human rights work.

“The human rights challenges of a world divided by inequality, impunity and poverty call for courageous and broad based human rights defence,” said Amnesty’s Secretary General Irene Khan.

“People living in poverty have the least access to the power needed to shape policies that may eradicate poverty and frequently are denied effective remedies for violations of their human rights,” the 2006 Sydney Peace Prize recipient said.

Khan said the organisation will continue to “stay true to its mission of standing up for the marginalized” by working for the release of prisoners of conscience or prisoners of poverty, prejudice and violence.

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