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Governance

The OMCT benefits from a broad and diverse expertise through its Executive Council, OMCT’s main governing body, constituted of individuals sharing a deep commitment towards human rights.

All Council members are also part OMCT's General Assembly, composed of 40+ members, representing all regions of the world and guiding OMCT’s long-term strategy.

Executive Council

Hina Jilani

President

OMCT’s President since 2016, Hina Jilani is advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan since 1992 and a leading human rights and women’s rights activist. She has, among other, founded the country’s first all-women law firm, worked as UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders and is since 2013 a member of The Elders.

Mokhtar Trifi

Vice-president

Former president of the Tunisian Human Rights League, an organisation that won the Nobel Peace Prize, Mokhtar Trifi is a prominent Tunisian lawyer. He played a key role in the democratic transition of his country and was ordained Commander of the Order of the Republic of Tunisia in 2018.

Olivier Peter

Treasurer

Olivier Peter joined OMCT’s Executive Council in 2019, acting as treasurer. A partner at the Geneva law firm Peter Moreau SA, Mr. Peter is highly engaged in the human rights and associative fields.

Yves Berthelot

Member

Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Knight of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic, Yves Berthelot is a statistician economist with extensive working experience in both the inter-governmental and non-governmental sectors.

Aminata Dieye

Member

A human rights activist and education specialist, Aminata Dieye works for Amnesty Senegal and is a member of non-governmental organisation Rencontre Africaine pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (RADDHO).

Jahel Quiroga Carrillo

Member

Director since 1993 of the Corporation for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights REINICIAR, a non-governmental human rights organisation based in Bogota, Colombia, which is dedicated to training in human rights and international humanitarian law, comprehensive assistance to victims and national and international advocacy.

Samwel Mohochi

Member

Samwel Mohochi is a Senior Partner at Mohochi & Co Advocates and a consultant on human rights, governance and transitional justice in Eastern Africa.

Olga Sadovskaya

Member

Deputy Chairperson of the Committee Against Torture (CAT), a non-governmental organisation based in Nizhny Novgorod exposing torture cases in the Russian Federation, Olga Sadovskaya is a lawyer specialized in human rights and a recipient of the 2017 Sakharov Freedom Award.

Claudia Samayoa

Member

Founder and Chair of the Board of the Unidad de Protección de Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos Guatemala (UDEFEGUA), Claudia Virginia Samayoa is a philosopher who’s dedicated her life to the defence of human rights in Guatemala and beyond.

Henri Tiphagne

Member

Henri Tiphagne is founder and Executive Director of People’s Watch, an Indian non-governmental organisation. He is a lawyer in the Madurai High Court and a leading human rights activist, recipient among other of the 2016 Amnesty International Human Rights Award.

Peter Zangl

Member

Peter Zangl is an economist by training, with an extensive career in various fields such as the economy, social affairs, international relations and humanitarian aid. He is a former Director General of DG ECHO (Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection) in the EU Commission.

General Assembly

George Abu Al-Zulof

Palestine

André Afanou

Togo

Ernesto Alayza

Peru

Luis Arriaga

Mexico

Georges Assaf

Lebanon

Nigina Bakhrieva

Tajikistan

Abdel-ilah Ben Abdeslam

Morocco

Yves Berthelot

France

Stephanie Brewer

United States of America

Innocent Chukwuma

Nigeria

Oumar Diallo

Senegal

Aminata Dieye

Senegal

Panayote Dimitras

Greece

Nassera Dutour

Algeria

Hadi Ghaemi

Iran

Alberto L. Gomez Zuluaga

Colombia

Vrinda Grover

India

Teresa Harris

United States of America

Hina Jilani

Pakistan

Dick Marty

Switzerland

Justine Masika Bihamba

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Celia Medrano Amador

El Salvador

Boubacar Messaoud

Mauritania

Samwel Mohochi

Kenya

Armel Niyongere

Burundi

Luis Pedernera

Uruguay

Olivier Peter

Switzerland

Jahel Quiroga Carrillo

Colombia

Adilur Rahman Khan

Bangladesh

Karim Saber

Egypt

Olga Sadovskaya

Russia

Claudia Samayoa

Guatemala

Osamu Shiraishi

Japan

Henri Tiphagne

India

Rosemarie Trajano

Phillippines

Anthony Travis

Switzerland

Mokhtar Trifi

Tunisia

Renee Xia

China

Leyla Yunus

Azerbaijan

Peter Zangl

Germany
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