In Search of Global Values

When she became secretary-general of Amnesty International last August, says Irene Khan, international human-rights groups like the million-strong, 40-year-old organization she had been tapped to head were in danger of becoming complacent. "Sept. 11 and everything that happened after, all the antiterrorist legislation, the rapid rolling back of civil liberties in so many countries," put a swift stop to that, says Khan.

Since taking up her new post Khan, 44, has devoted much of her time to issues related to the terrorist attacks on the U.S and the resulting military action in Afghanistan. She visited Pakistan, where she met...

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