New Secretary General Kumi Naidoo pledges support for African human rights defenders to hold the powerful to accoun…


The new Secretary General of the world’s biggest human rights organization, Kumi Naidoo, met with human rights activists from across Southern Africa in Johannesburg today, to hear first-hand about their struggles. He pledged to strengthen Amnesty International’s work with them to tackle the most pressing issues facing the continent.

I chose to start in my role as Secretary General here in Africa, and to speak with activists from across the region to show that we at Amnesty International are serious about working side by side with them to address the key human rights challenges affecting all Africans.

Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International

“Today I met brave and courageous human rights defenders from across Southern Africa who are risking…

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