BIHR hires Ghose to promote human rights topublic

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has filled its top comms post with human rights lawyer and Age Concern campaigns manager Katie Ghose.

The BIHR is gearing up for a profile-raising push around the fifth anniversary of the Human Rights Act in October, and has been hunting for a replacement for ex-director Sarah Cooke since she left to be a human rights consultant in July.

The charity uses the framework and principles of the Human Rights Act to improve the treatment of the elderly, the disabled, and other socially excluded people. Ghose's priority will be to raise the profile of its work.

'No one has done an effective job of selling the Human Rights Act to the public yet, and the work of the BIHR gives us an opportunity to do just that,' she said.

Ghose added that she was planning media relations campaigns targeting local government, trade press and regional radio to reach supporters and educate the public about the act.

Ghose was previously manager of the Campaigns & Parliamentary Unit at Age Concern. She was also a member of the taskforce advising the Government on the Commission for Equality & Human Rights that is to be set up in 2007, and is the author of Beyond the Courtroom: a lawyer's guide to campaigning.

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