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Banjul, 25 June 2024 – Abdulmalik Bello has joined the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) as Legal Officer.

Abdulmalik holds an LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa, and has experience working on criminal and human rights litigation, legal research and advocacy. He is also a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, with a wealth of experience litigating cases.

Following his appointment, Abdulmalik said, “I am delighted to return to the IHRDA team, and to contribute to the commendable work the organization is doing across Africa to promote human rights and development. My time spent here in 2022 was very insightful, and I look forward to working closely with all staff members, so that together we can further the human rights agenda of the organization and make greater impact on the continent.”

On her part, Acting Executive Director for IHRDA, Julia Harrington-Reddy, said, “Besides emerging as best candidate following a competitive recruitment process, his 4-month fellowship with us in 2022 was productive. We are happy to have Abdulmalik on our team. His experience will contribute greatly to our work.”

Prior to joining IHRDA, Abdulmalik who hails from Nigeria was pursuing a PhD in Comparative Constitutional Law, with specialization in Constitutional Design in Divided Societies at the University of Western Cape, South Africa. The IHRDA family is pleased to have him on board, as he comes with experience and passion to scale up IHRDA’s work on the African continent.