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May 6th 2021

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The Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC FRSE appointed as Chair of Reprieve’s board of trustees

St Hugh’s Principal, Dame Elish Angiolini, has been appointed as the new Chair of Reprieve’s board of trustees. She succeeds Lord Jim Wallace in the post.

Reprieve is a legal action non-profit organisation of international lawyers and investigators who defend marginalised people facing human rights abuses, often at the hands of powerful governments.

In addition to being the first woman to hold the posts of Solicitor General and Lord Advocate, Dame Elish has chaired several government inquiries, including those into deaths in police custody, and the investigation and prosecution of rape. She has won a number of awards for her work, including for her work in tackling domestic violence, and in 2011 was made a Dame for her services to the administration of justice. At Reprieve, Dame Elish will oversee their work fighting the most serious human rights abuses, in particular the death penalty, and extrajudicial killing and detention without trial in the context of counterterrorism.

Reprieve’s Joint Executive Director Anna Yearley said: “We are delighted that Dame Elish is joining our Board as Chair of Trustees. She joins us at a critical moment in our work and we know that she will bring her deep experience and passion to the organisation, helping us to deliver justice and save lives.”

Dame Elish Angiolini said: “It is an immense honour to join the outstanding people at Reprieve. It is already clear to me that the work they do transforms lives and laws across the world, and I look forward to supporting their endeavours over the coming years.”

For more information on Reprieve please visit: https://reprieve.org/uk/

 

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