Marie Ramtu
Affiliate, Torture, Rendition, and Disappearances
Biography

Marie Ramtu is a lobbyist with a passion in advancing rule of law, justice, peace and security for marginalized populations in Africa. She has served as Executive Director at Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) where she was instrumental in championing for justice, governance, rule of law and addressing human rights violations meted by security actors. Prior to MUHURI, she was the Coordinator for the Coalition for the Independence of the African Commission (CIAC), where she led the campaign to ensure the independence of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights following threats to weaken the mandate of the African Commission.

Marie has also served at the Secretariat of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI), where her primary focus was to oversee implementation and coordination of projects that aim to build the capacity of African National Human rights Institutions (NHRIs) to respond to various human rights violations/discrimination by ensuring integration into everyday NHRI programming. Her primary focus area of work at NANHRI was on implementation of Resolution 275 of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, child rights protection, business and human rights programming.

She was the founding Safe Space Program Manager at Church World Service (CWS) Africa where she was charged with promoting an inclusive and protective environment for persons being persecuted because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) in Kenya, as part of a multi-country CWS Project. She also have worked directly with refugees across Africa at the CWS Resettlement Support Center as a Senior Field Team Leader as part of the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP).

She holds a master’s degree in Peace Studies and International Relations from Hekima University College.

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