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Second suicide at Clerkenwell-based charity sparks inquiry

Amnesty International human rights workers took their lives just five weeks apart

17 August, 2018

A LEADING human rights charity will be holding “full and independent external inquiries” following the suicides of two workers just five weeks apart.

Amnesty International, based in Clerkenwell, campaigns to free prisoners in repressive regimes. But three months ago, Gaëtan Mootoo, a researcher for West Africa working at the Amnesty International offices in France, committed suicide after 32 years at the organisat­ion.

Another worker, Roz McGregor, from Surrey, also committed suicide in June during a paid internship working for the organisation at the United Nations in Geneva.

The Tribune covered a one-day strike by staff members working at the charity’s offices off Rosebery Avenue back in 2012 following a “restructuring” of the organisation.

Acting secretary general Colm Ó Cuanacháin said: “We are treating these tragedies with the gravity and priority they deserve, and will be holding full and independent external inquiries.

“We recognise that we absolutely must apply the learnings arising from the inquiries to look after our people.”

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