Outgoing Amnesty MENA Director Ahmed Karaoud joins RN Regional Leadership Network


Right to Nonviolence (RN) is extremely fortunate that Ahmed Karaoud, outgoing director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) office of Amnesty International, is joining RN’s network as regional expert correspondent for Tunisia.
A leading human rights defender and former prisoner of conscience in his native Tunisia, Mr. Karaoud has worked for more than 20 years with Amnesty International – first as field organizer and then as head of its regional office in Beirut that he helped establish.
Recently interviewed in RN’s offices in Beirut by Tobias Peyerl, Director of RN’s Middle East Constitutional Forum (MECF), Mr. Karaoud outlined key conditions for continuing the nonviolent spirit of the Tunisian revolution beyond the transitional phase. First, he emphasized that the atrocities of the former regime need to be thoroughly examined through a human rights perspective. Second, he considers reforms and transformations in three sectors – security, justice, and education – as essential. Third, Mr. Karaoud affirmed that human rights need to be placed in the heart of the new constitution in order to reach sustainable change.
A member of the Tunisian League of Human Rights, Ahmed Karaoud will support the work of RN and MECF by providing expert legal information and analysis concerning the transition in Tunisia.
You can watch the video of the interview below or together with other RN videos on RN’s YouTube channel here.


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