18 Facts About Agnes Callamard


Agnes Callamard is a French human-rights activist who is the Secretary General of Amnesty International.

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Agnes Callamard was previously the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council, and the former Director of the Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression project.

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In 1985, Callamard received her undergraduate degree from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Grenoble.

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Agnes Callamard has conducted human-rights investigations in a number of countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

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Agnes Callamard has published in the field of human rights, women's rights, refugee movements and accountability.

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Agnes Callamard has worked extensively in the field of international refugee movements, including work with the Center for Refugee Studies in Toronto.

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In May 2017, Agnes Callamard attended a conference in the Philippines, which was followed by her Wikipedia page being vandalized.

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Agnes Callamard stated that the visit was not in an official capacity.

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From 1998 to 2001, Agnes Callamard was Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International and the organisation's Research Policy Coordinator.

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In January 2013, Agnes Callamard tweeted that Shimon Peres had supposedly admitted in a New York Times interview that Yasser Arafat was murdered.

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In 2001, Agnes Callamard was the founding director of HAP International where she oversaw field trials in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Sierra Leone and created an international self-regulatory body for humanitarian agencies committed to strengthening accountability to disaster-affected populations.

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In October 2004, Agnes Callamard took the position of Executive Director of Article 19, an international human-rights organization.

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In November 2013, Agnes Callamard was appointed Director of Columbia University's Global Freedom of Expression initiative.

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Agnes Callamard's findings were presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2019.

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Agnes Callamard concluded that the drone strike on Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was unlawful as part of advance version of her report on "Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions" for the Forty-fourth session of the Human Rights Council.

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Agnes Callamard returned to Amnesty International after twenty years, as Secretary General, in March 2021.

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Agnes Callamard leads the organization's human-rights work and is its chief spokesperson.

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Agnes Callamard is responsible for providing overall leadership of the International Secretariat, including setting the strategic direction for the organisation and managing relations with Amnesty International's national entities.

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