Emilie Pradichit

Founder and Director, Manushya Foundation

Emilie Pradichit is an international human rights lawyer with expertise in promoting and protecting the human rights of marginalised communities, and in building the capacity of duty bearers and rights holders on domestic and international human rights obligations. She is the Founder & Executive Director of Manushya Foundation, an Asia regional NGO aimed at empowering communities to advance social justice and human rights. Founded in 2017, Manushya serves as a bridge to Engage, Mobilise, and Empower Agents of Change by: connecting Humans through inclusive coalition building; and by developing strategies aimed at placing local communities’ voices in the centre of advocacy and domestic implementation of international human rights obligations and standards. Prior to Manushya, Emilie was the Asia Regional Director of UPR-Info Asia office, which she opened in May 2015, to support meaningful civil society’s participation in the UPR process in Laos, Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand. She had earlier served as a Human Rights and Advocacy Officer with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in New York and Bangkok, from 2009 to March 2015, where she was a member of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law Secretariat, contributing to the development of evidence-based recommendations created to mitigate the global AIDS response. She worked closely with HIV and LGBTI human rights activists in developing strategic information, designed and implemented human rights programmes addressing vulnerable groups’ needs. Emilie also worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs when France went through its 1st UPR Cycle in 2007-2008. Emilie holds a Master of Laws in Public International Law and a Postgraduate Law Degree in International Administration and Human Rights, both from the Sorbonne Law School, at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. She speaks French, English, Lao and conversational Thai.

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