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Irene Zubaida Khan, born December 24, 1956 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is a Human Rights activist and currently the Secretary General of Amnesty International. She is the seventh Secretary General.

Khan grew up in a relatively wealthy family in Bangladesh. During her upbringing, East Bengal was fighting for independence from Pakistan. Human rights abuses that occurred during the Bangladesh Liberation War in which Bangladesh achieved independence, helped shape teenage Khan's activist viewpoint. She left Bangladesh as a teenager for school in Northern Ireland. Irene then went to England and studied law at the Victoria University of Manchester and then, in the United States, at Harvard Law School. She specialised in public international law and human rights, graduating in 1978.

Khan helped to create the organisation Concern Universal in 1977, an international development and emergency relief organisation working in partnership with Children in Crossfire. She began her career as a human rights activist with the International Commission of Jurists in 1979.

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