Laila Matar is the Deputy Director for United Nations at Human Rights Watch’s office in Geneva, responsible for advocacy work at the Human Rights Council and other UN mechanisms. Laila was previously UN Advocacy Representative for the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, conducting advocacy work on civil and political rights in the Middle East and North Africa region at the UN in Geneva and at the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights. She has trained human rights defenders from throughout the Middle East and North Africa on advocacy. Before coming to HRW, Laila worked as a Global Campaigner with Avaaz, designing online campaigns on global and national issues. Laila holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she attended on a Fulbright and focused on international affairs, and a BA (Hons) from McGill University in Philosophy and Political Science. Laila is fluent in Arabic, Norwegian, and English.
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