Salil Shetty

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Salil Shetty
Salil Shetty Wikimania 2014.jpg
Salil Shetty at Wikimania 2014
Born (1961-02-03) February 3, 1961 (age 53)
Nationality Indian
Education St Joseph's College, London School of Economics, Indian Institute of Management
Employer Amnesty International
Title Secretary-General of Amnesty International
Term 21 December 2009
Predecessor Irene Khan
Successor Incumbent
Religion Hindu
recorded July 2014

Salil Shetty (born February 3, 1961[1]) is the Secretary General of the human rights organization Amnesty International (2010–present). Previously, he was the director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign. Before joining the UN, he served as the Chief Executive of ActionAid. He is an Indian national, brought up in Bangalore, the child of a mother active in women’s groups and a father active with the Dalit movement.[2]


Shetty was educated at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad from where he has an MBA and at London School of Economics from where he has an MSc in Social Policy and Planning.[2]

Amnesty International[edit]

Shetty was appointed as Secretary General of the human rights organization Amnesty International on 21 December 2009 starting work in July 2010. He succeeded Irene Khan in this post.[3]


The decentralisation of Amnesty International's international secretariat, led by Shetty, has caused a serious dispute amongst the organisation's staff. According to an article published by the Guardian on 2 December 2012,

the core of the dispute lies in the decision, led by the secretary general, Salil Shetty, to take the organisation "closer to the ground", opening 10 new regional "hubs" in hotspots where human rights violations occur. Some of Amnesty's 500 staff in London will be moved abroad, and those affected argue that the shift is under-planned, ill-judged and risks muddying the purpose of the organisation. For them this is not an industrial dispute over job cuts, but a battle for the organisation's soul.[4]

The British newspaper The Observer, where Amnesty International's founder launched the organization in 1961, characterized the situation caused by Shetty's sacking of staff working on core issues such as women's rights and the death penalty: "Amnesty was one of 20th-century Britain's greatest gifts to the world. Now it is a wreck."[5]


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  2. ^ a b Amnesty International: Salil Shetty Biography (Accessed August 2012)
  3. ^ "Salil Shetty: Amnesty International's new voice in the fight against injustice - Salil Shetty wants to make Amnesty International, the world's largest human rights organisation, truly international"
  4. ^ Topping, Alexandra (2 December 2012). "Amnesty International staff battle management over restructuring". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Cohen, Nick. "Amnesty International staff battle management over restructuring". The Observer. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 

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Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Irene Khan
Secretary-General of Amnesty International
Succeeded by