Programme Officer / International Human Rights Programme
LOCATION / London
Hanan Elmasu joined Oak Foundation in 2016 as a Programme Officer for the International Human Rights Programme. She covers the portfolio area of impunity and works across the Programme on issues related to human rights and technology.
Prior to joining Oak Foundation, Hanan spent the last twenty years working with a range of national and international NGOs and the UN on the protection of human rights and respect for humanitarian law. She lived in the occupied Palestinian territory from 1994 until 2005, where she developed her expertise on human rights protection, particularly focusing on refugee rights, arbitrary detention and torture, the protection of civilians during armed conflict and international accountability. She acted as an advisor in the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations, and participated on behalf of Palestine in the International Court of Justice case on Israel’s construction of a wall in occupied Palestinian territory. She has spent the last eight years as part of the Middle East team at Christian Aid working on human rights and humanitarian law advocacy and managed a programme that focused on ending impunity and developing accountability mechanisms, including through the exploration of transitional justice, in the Middle East.
Hanan completed her Master of Laws in Public International Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and later trained to be a solicitor in England and Wales. Her particular interest in human rights and technology stems from her involvement in some of the first instances of using the internet for social justice in the Middle East in the early 90s, through the development of live reporting websites during armed clashes and technology to support human rights documentation.