PETALING JAYA: Amnesty International welcomed AirAsia chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes into its Global Council of influential people helping in its goal of preventing and ending grave abuses of human rights.
The luminaries included entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, Japanese artist Yoko Ono, social activist Hadeel Ibrahim and businessman Bassim Haidar.
“It is an honour to welcome Tony Fernandes and his entrepreneurial spirit and creativity to our Global Council.
“Having such a notable business figure from Asia on the council will boost the visibility of Amnesty International and the human rights issues we focus on in Asia and around the world,” said Amnesty International secretary-general Salil Shetty.
The council was established in 2013 to help raise public support and the financial resources to fuel the organisation’s expansion in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
However, Fernandes has been involved in the organisation for much longer.
“I joined Amnesty International when I was 13. Being a member taught me the importance of human rights to human dignity.
“I am therefore honoured to be able to give back to Amnesty International as part of its Global Council, and I look forward to creating awareness and driving engagement in Asia, particularly among Asean youth,” said Fernandes.
Global Council members serve as champions for Amnesty International within their own networks and help the organisation’s secretary-general identify and engage new audiences to promote human rights.