Percy Bratt resigns as chairperson of Civil Rights Defenders
Civil Rights Defenders Chairperson Percy Bratt has announced that he will immediately resign from his current position due to ill health. Percy Bratt has for many years contributed his invaluable knowledge of legal issues both at national and international levels to the organisation.Together with the organisation’s Executive Director, Robert Hårdh and contributions from board and staff members he has been instrumental in pushing the organisation forward.
”It is sad to resign, it felt amazing to work on important issues in a practical way and to assist human rights defenders in the world, says Percy Bratt”
”Percy Bratts longstanding, robust and non-profit work for Civil Rights Defenders has been invaluable, says Robert Hårdh in a recent statement, adding: The organisation’s board of directors, members and staff wholly appreciate and are grateful for Percy’s commitment, especially when it comes to his knowledge, experience and strong commitment to human rights and we look forward to having continued collaboration with him in the future.”
Percy Bratt is a lawyer by profession and a founding partner of the law firm Bratt & Feinsilber. He holds a law degree from the University of Stockholm and have since his degree specialised in civil procedure, tort, media law and human rights.
”One of my strongest memories from my years as chairperson of the board is when we visited a Roma camp in Tirana, Albania. It was in the winter and the kids ran around barefoot. They were exposed to immense discrimination from society. Combating discrimination is really central to human rights. Civil Rights Defenders work is extremely important but we must also bear in mind of the need to pursue individual cases in Sweden. I will miss the board and all the staff, says Percy Bratt.”
Percy Bratt was one of the major driving forces and initiators of Civil Rights Defenders’ mock trials’ which take place annually in the Western Balkans. He has also often participated in field trips and visited our local partners providing encouragement and expertise .
”The mock trails are very close to my heart. As a human rights lawyer, I see nothing that is as effective or educational than practical exercises, but more importantly give people the ability to defend human rights, says Percy Bratt.”
Benedicte Berner, vice chairperson of Civil Rights Defenders and media analyst, will act as chairperson until the next annual meeting. Benedicte Berner teaches media, democracy and development at Harvard University and also the journalism program at d’ Etudes Politiques in Paris. She also works with media projects in Russia and has extensive experience in training journalists in the Middle East and North Africa. As a vice chairperson on Civil Rights Defenders board Benedicte Berner has been highly committed to the organisation and her experience have and will be greatly appreciated.Categories: News.
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