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New Amnesty Int’l Secretary General Hails ElombahNews


The newly-appointed Secretary General of the global human rights protection agency, Amnesty International, Mr. Kumi Naidoo has hailed ElombahNews over its several contributions to the efforts to entrench human rights globally.

Mr. Naidoo, while writing to ElombahNews personnel, pledged to work with this medium in his quest to contribute his quota in making the world a safer place.

Writing, he said:

“This month I was honored to start my new job as Secretary General of Amnesty International. I feel excited and awed by the responsibility ahead of me.

“In my first message to you – as international members, I want to celebrate your contributions.

“I believe we need to build a genuinely global community across all four corners of the world, especially the global south to be truly impactful as a movement.

“In my first few weeks in the role I am in listening mode.

“I want to understand how prepared we are as a movement to confront the very serious challenges posed by the world around us.

“And I want to hear from you – the international members.

“Please let me know what you want from our movement and how I can help to steer this change.”

He then expounded on his choice of this medium for partnership, saying:

“Now, more than ever, we need people to come together and stand up to oppressors.

“I invite people who care about the present and future, for people who care about their children and grandchildren, for people who take injustice personally, to join and support us.

“Please let me know some of your main questions, concerns and challenges you think we, as a movement, need to tackle to achieve greater impact.

“I will answer some of the most common questions in the Wire magazine next month.”

In the meantime, he recounted some pieces of good news that greeted his appointment as the new Secretary General.

He said: “On my very first day as Secretary General, I heard the most wonderful news that Taner Kılıç, the Chair of Amnesty Turkey, had been released from prison.

“It took more than 1 million Amnesty supporters from around the world to take action, and a year of campaigning before he was released and back in the arms of his family.

“What a humbling and incredible thing to witness on my first day!

“It proved to me that Amnesty International is about people taking the injustice of others personally.

“And it shows that when strangers come together to fight for people that they have never met, change is possible.”

He, then, commended ElombahNews for its ‘participation and presence in the movement to make human rights a reality.

Amnesty International has been in a running battle with the Nigerian government over several cases of human rights abuses.

This is especially as it involved the extra-judicial murder of about 250 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB], as well as about a thousand members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria [IMN].

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