I am an independent consultant based in The Hague, The Netherlands. Through my work, I aim to help build the international human rights movement. In particular, I aim to promote the rights of human rights defenders, leading to the full realization of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. This declaration was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 9 December 1998, elaborating on the right to defend human rights and on the obligations of states to support the work of human rights defenders.
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Leading a panel discussion on "temporary relocation of human rights defenders at risk" at the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights Forum, Brussels, May 2014
I first developed an interest in global issues in high school. After attending first year at York University in Toronto, I participated in a Canada World Youth exchange programme, during which I spent three months in Jamaica. I then enrolled in the Co-operative Programme in International Development Studies at the University of Toronto. This programme included a nine-month internship in Sudan, in Darfur and Khartoum. Upon graduating I worked in emergency aid for CARE Canada and CARE International, first in Mozambique and then in Angola, both countries in the throes of conflict. I left Angola at the end of 1992, and after a brief period in The Netherlands and Canada, returned to Mozambique to work for the United Nations as an observer during the country’s first multi-party elections. I then settled in The Netherlands where I still live. I worked for a number of Dutch NGOs, including Oxfam Novib and Hivos, before starting my own consultancy in 2005.