Irene Zubaida Khan(1956-), Secretary General of Amnesty International
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Bangladeshi-British lawyer who served as the seventh Secretary General of Amnesty International (2001 to 2009). In 2011, she was elected Director-General of the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) in Rome, an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to the promotion of the rule of law, justice and development. Born in Dhaka, during her childhood East Pakistan became the independent nation of Bangladesh in 1971. She left Bangladesh as a teenager for school in Northern Ireland, later studying law at the University of Manchester and then, at Harvard Law School in the United States. She is a specialist in public international law and human rights.