A career dedicated to human rights
He has an extensive experience in human rights matters as he has held a number of leading positions in that field, such as: General Director of Amnesty International – France and of the Ligue contre le cancer, Cabinet Director at UNESCO in the social and human sciences sector, and Secretary General of the CIMADE (association in the field of migrants and refugees).
He also has substantial knowledge of the situation of human rights defenders by being a founding member of two non-governmental organisations specialized in that field: the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and Front Line Defenders.
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His action with the United Nations
Within the United Nations framework, Michel Forst was also the UN independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti, from 2008 to 2013, and the Chair of the Coordination Committee of the Special Procedures of the Human rights Council.