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Amnesty International's Sri Lanka Experts Available for Interviews

Sri Lanka Country Specialist Jim McDonald, Middle East/North Africa Advocacy Director Zahir Janmohamed Available to Comment on Human Rights Concerns in the Country


The following Amnesty International
experts are available to comment on the ongoing human rights crisis in
Sri Lanka:

Jim McDonald, Sri Lanka country specialist

McDonald has served as the organization's
country specialist on Sri Lanka for almost two decades and has testified
on behalf of Amnesty International before the U.S. Congress on the ongoing
conflict there. He is a lawyer and a long-time human rights activist.

McDonald has traveled extensively throughout
Asia and the South Pacific. Currently, he writes about the dire humanitarian
crisis in the Wanni region of Sri Lanka on the organization's blog "Human
Rights Now!". To see his posts, visit:

Zahir Janmohamed, advocacy director for
the Middle East and North Africa

At Amnesty International, Janmohamed helps
coordinate the organization's lobbying and community organizing on Middle
East/North Africa-related issues. In addition, he also focuses on Sri Lanka.
He has traveled and worked extensively in South Asia and worked on a film
project in Pakistan on sectarian violence.

Previously, Janmohamed worked for the Center
for the Study of Islam and Democracy where he organized conferences in
Nigeria and Sudan on the democratization process. In 2002, he was an eyewitness
to the communal violence in Gujarat, India that left thousands of Muslims
dead. He has since spoken at more than 25 universities and his articles
have been published in more than 30 publications.

To schedule an interview with McDonald or
Janmohamed, please contact the AIUSA media office at 202-544-0200 x302
or e-mail

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grassroots activist organization with more than 2.2 million supporters,
activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human
rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates
and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice,
freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

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