International Committee for October 17: Appointment of Kazuko Ito

February 4, Pierrelaye, France—We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Kazuko Ito to the International Committee for October 17. The Committee was established in 2008 to promote and support the observance of the World Day for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, observed on October 17th each year, which is recognised as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by the United Nations.

“I am delighted to welcome Ms Kazuko Ito as a member of the Committee,” said Donald Lee, President of the International Committee. “Ms Ito’s commitment to human rights, particularly in the Asian region where many people are suffering from serious human rights abuses, has been impressive. Her work with Human Rights Now has highlighted human rights abuses and enabled victims of abuse to have their voices heard. Her vast experience, expertise and commitment to human rights will strengthen the Committee’s capacity to promote the spirit of October 17.”

Ms Kazuko Ito Kazuko Ito is a human rights lawyer based in Japan. She has been serving as the secretary general of Human Rights Now (HRN), a Tokyo based international human rights NGO. Human Rights Now has had special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations since its establishment in 2006 and works on the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide, with a special focus in Asia. As a practicing lawyer, she specializes in women’s and children’s rights, and death penalty issues. She serves as a member of UN Women’s Asia and Pacific Civil Society Advisory Group, and the gender equality committee of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.


For more information, please contact:

Hugues de Courtivron, international [dot] committee [at] oct17 [dot] org

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