Ahmed Motala

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Ahmed Motala, "Executive Director of the Centre since 1 June 2005, is a human rights lawyer and activist who has worked over the past 16 years on an array of human rights and development issues at the national, continental and international level. Most recently he has been Executive Director of the Human Rights Institute of South Africa, a position he took up in July 2002 after returning from the UK. Between October 1995 and September 2000 Ahmed held the position of Legal Adviser on Africa at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, and subsequently he worked as Human Rights Officer at Save the Children UK. In these capacities he worked on human rights, child rights and development issues in a range of African, Middle Eastern and Asian countries. From 1989 to 1995 Ahmed worked as a litigating attorney and investigator at Lawyers for Human Rights, South Africa and also managed the Litigation Fund. Ahmed has written on a range of human rights topics including the African Human Rights System and presented papers at numerous workshops and symposia. His formal training includes a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the American University in Washington D.C." [1]

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  1. Board, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, accessed July 31, 2007.