The board of Muslims for Human Rights (Muhuri) has appointed Marie Ramtu as its Executive Director, from 1st August 2021.
Ramtu becomes the first woman to serve as Muhuri’s executive director since 1997, when it was founded.
In a statement, issued on Monday, 2nd August, chairman Khelef Khalifa said the appointment comes at a critical time when they are pushing for electoral justice, the rule of law, and accountability ahead of the 2022 elections.
He said that her stewardship would be decisive in ensuring adherence to a social justice framework before, during, and after the elections.
“Moreover, Muhuri hopes that her leadership will increase attention to issues of inequalities, marginalisation, and proper devolution, especially at the coast. The board is confident that she will lead Muhuri’s vision of ensuring we have a just society anchored on human rights and good governance,” added Khalifa.
Before her appointment, Ramtu was the coordinator for the Coalition for the Independence of the African Commission (CIAC).
She has extensive experience in human rights. She has worked with regional and international institutions for over a decade. Her appointment advances Muhuri’s interests in defending human rights and the rule of law, with a specific focus on minorities, and the marginalised.
Previously, she has also worked with the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) and Church World Service (CWS) Africa.
At NANHRI, she increased the capacity of national human rights organisations to respond to all forms of abuse while at CWS, she shifted attitudes, policies, and practices in protecting sexual and gender minorities, many of them migrants.