The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has appointed writer and poet Harris Khalique as the secretary-general of the organisation.
Khalique is a leading poet and author, a University of Iowa Honorary Fellow in Writing and a recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance.
Over the last 25 years, he has successfully led, managed and advised civil society organisations, community development projects, labour rights movements and human rights campaigns in Pakistan, South Asia and Europe.
He has also worked with the Aga Khan Foundation, Amnesty International, Strengthening Participatory Organisation, DAI and various United Nations agencies, among others. He also contributes regularly to the national and international press.
“As secretary general of HRCP, Harris Khalique succeeds IA Rehman, who retired from the post two years ago,” read a statement released by the HRCP. It said that he would help set HRCP’s institutional goals as Pakistan’s leading human rights organisation, head its secretariat and supervise day-to-day management.
“He will help carry forward the work of HRCP’s co-founder Asma Jahangir,” the statement said.