Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren takes the helm at Free Tibet

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Free Tibet announces the appointment of Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren as Director

Eleanor joins Free Tibet from legal charity Amicus, where she was Director of Casework and Corporate Programmes. She takes over at the campaigning NGO at a time of increased repression in Tibet and the continuing use of self-immolation by Tibetans in protest against Chinese rule, but also a moment of opportunity as Xi Jinping assumes the presidency of China. Eleanor holds a law degree and an MA in human rights and has worked for a number of NGOs, including PeaceBrigades International, the British Institute of International & Comparative Law and the Burma Human Rights Documentation Unit. She has spent the last few years working on US death row cases through her work with Amicus and also the One For Ten project. In addition to her NGO work, Eleanor has spent time in the private sector working in project and programme management, business development and equality and diversity consultancy.

Eleanor has been a supporter of the Tibetan struggle for self-determination for many years and has been a supporter of Free Tibet since the 1990s.

Founded in 1987, Free Tibet is an international campaigning organisation that stands for the right of Tibetans to determine their own future. It campaigns for an end to the Chinese occupation of Tibet and for the fundamental human rights of Tibetans to be respected. Based in London, Free Tibet has international support and is one of the global media’s most-trusted sources of information about events in Tibet.

“Free Tibet is a dynamic and growing organisation and it’s a privilege and a fantastic opportunity to become the director here after admiring its work for more than 20 years” says Eleanor. “No one underestimates the challenge faced by Tibetans in their struggle for self-determination but this is a cause with unwavering support from people throughout the world and justice on its side.

“What motivates all of us here is the enduring dedication and commitment of Tibetans, whose desire for freedom is undimmed after a lifetime of occupation, brutal repression and attempted destruction of their culture.

“The occupation of Tibet by China in the face of Tibetan resistance is as unsustainable as it is unjustified. Free Tibet will continue to challenge that injustice by developing our campaigning work and ensuring that Tibet moves up the international political agenda.”

Eleanor has also assumed directorship of Tibet Watch, an independent human rights monitoring organisation which promotes the human rights of the Tibetan people by providing accurate information about the situation in Tibet. Tibet Watch also engages in international advocacy at the United Nations and in other forums on behalf of the Tibetan people. Eleanor takes the directorship of both organisations from Stephanie Brigden, who has moved on to another role after overseeing five years of growing influence and support for Free Tibet. For more information, contact campaigns and media officer Alistair Currie. E: alistair@freetibet.org T: +44 207 324 4619