Torture charity hires Carroll for campaigning role

The Medical Foundation, the charity which cares for the victims of torture, has hired a former top human rights campaigner as its first head of public affairs.

The Medical Foundation, the charity which cares for the victims of

torture, has hired a former top human rights campaigner as its first

head of public affairs.



Sherman Carroll, a partner of the publishing company Readers

International and ex-head of campaigns for human rights pressure group

Amnesty International, will join the organisation on 3 February.



His job, which commands a salary of pounds 35,000, will be to develop a

more proactive public affairs strategy for the ten year-old charity.



The foundation, which offers medical, psychological, physical and social

therapies to torture victims, has been lobbying to change parts of the

Asylum Bill. Carroll will work with the foundation’s press,

parliamentary and information officers to continue campaigning to allow

asylum seekers more time to present their legal and medical cases.



Carroll, 51, joined Amnesty International’s international secretariat as

co-ordinator campaigning for the abolition of torture in 1974.



He then became head of the organisation’s campaigns unit and has

published several reports on torture.



In 1983 Carroll founded Readers International, a specialist publisher

which prints the work of exiled writers. The company will now be run by

Carroll’s partner Dorothy Connell.



’It is a welcome opportunity to get back into direct campaigning work,’

said Carroll of his role at the organisation.



He will report to the Medical Foundation’s director Helen Bamber.



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