Agnès Callamard

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Agnès Callamard
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Callamard in 2019
EducationInstitut d'Etudes Politiques de Grenoble
Howard University
New School for Social Research
OccupationHuman rights activist and scholar
Years active1995-present
EmployerOffice of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Agnès Callamard is a French Human Rights expert and the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council.[1] She is also the Director of Columbia University's Global Freedom of Expression project.[2]

Early life and education[edit source | edit]

In 1985, Callamard received her undergraduate degree from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Grenoble. In 1995, she received a PhD in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in New York.

Career[edit source | edit]

Callamard in 2011

Callamard is considered an expert on a number of international and UN human rights initiatives and has conducted human rights investigations in a number of countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.[3] She has published in the field of human rights, women's rights, refugee movements and accountability. Callamard has worked extensively in the field of international refugee movements with the Center for Refugee Studies in Toronto.

In May 2017, Callamard attended a conference in the Philippines, which led to her Wikipedia page being vandalized.[3][4] Callamard stated that the visit was not in an official capacity.[5]

Amnesty International[edit source | edit]

From 1998 to 2001, Callamard served as Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International, and as the organisation's Research Policy Coordinator, she led Amnesty's work on women's human rights. Callamard has conducted human rights investigations in a large number of countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

HAP International[edit source | edit]

In 2001, Callamard founded and led HAP International (the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership) where she oversaw field trials in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Sierra Leone and created the first international self-regulatory body for humanitarian agencies committed to strengthening accountability to disaster-affected populations. She was in this position until 2004.

Article 19[edit source | edit]

From 2004 to 2013, Callamard served as Executive Director of Article 19, a human rights organization.

Columbia University[edit source | edit]

As of November 2013, Callamard is Director of Columbia University's Global Freedom of Expression initiative.

United Nations[edit source | edit]

Callamard is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, appointed by the Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/RES/35/15 of 22 June 2017 for a 3 years mandate.[6] In 2019 she led the human rights inquiry into the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Her findings were presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2019.[7]

Works and publications[edit source | edit]

  • Callamard, Agnès (18 March 2009). "Protect the believers, not the belief". The Guardian.
  • Callamard, Agnès; Amnesty International Dutch Section; Codesria (2000). Monitoring and Investigating Torture, Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, and Prison Conditions (PDF). Dakar: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa. ISBN 978-2-869-78088-0. OCLC 47863459.
  • Callamard, Agnès (12 August 2015). "Comity for Internet? Recent Court Decisions on the Right to be De-indexed". The National Law Review.
  • Callamard, Agnès (23 March 2017). "Are courts re-inventing Internet regulation?". International Review of Law, Computers & Technology: 1–17. doi:10.1080/13600869.2017.1304603.Template:Closed access

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