Irene Khan made UN special rapporteur

Former secretary general of Amnesty International, Irene Khan, has been appointed as the United Nations Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

This is the first time that a woman has been appointed to this office in its 27 years existence. The appointment was made at the 44th session of the council, according to its website on Friday.

During the session, four persons, including Irene Khan, were made special rapporteurs. Irene Khan will take up her duties as special rapporteur from August this year.