Nairobi, Kenya - Amnesty International (AI) has appointed Deprose Muchena, former Deputy Director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), as head of its Southern Africa Regional Office, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The appointment comes as the world’s leading human rights organisation prepares for the formal launch of the new office, as part of a major drive to increase the impact of its human rights work in the region, AI said in a statement.
“Southern Africa is an important priority for Amnesty International and its human rights work,” said Minar Pimple, Senior Director of Global Operations.
“Freedom of expression; empowerment of women and girls; fair trials; ending discrimination and persecution of people based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and gender - these are real issues which affect people across Southern Africa every single day. We are very excited about the new regional office and about the passion, leadership and expertise which Deprose will bring,” Pimple said.
The new office will include regional and country experts in research, advocacy, campaigns and communications.
“I am delighted to be joining Amnesty International at a time when the world is fast changing, the African continent is facing a major renewal, and the region of Southern Africa is emerging as a key economic and political block on the continent and in world affairs,” said Muchena.