Bill Rafoss elected as board chair Amnesty International Canada

After several years dedicated to human rights issues, Bill Rafoss (MA’74, MA’05) has been elected as board chair of Amnesty International Canada.

Rafoss worked for the Legal Aid Commission as a court worker before moving on to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. He remained there for 25 years, starting as an investigator and moving up to chief investigator. He began teaching Canadian politics at the University of Saskatchewan in 2006. His last course was about politics and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Rafoss has served as president of Global Gathering Place in Saskatoon, an election observer in Kenya and Mongolia, worked with a new human rights commission in South Sudan and the human rights cocil in the Cayman Islands.

In 2015, Bill Rafoss was elected to the Board of Directors for Amnesty International Canada. He was active in the Saskatoon Branch of Amnesty International before his election to the board. His initiatives included pushing the Canadian government to prioritize human rights, providing aid to refugees in crisis and working towards a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

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