Tim Parritt joined Oak’s International Human Rights Programme as Programme Officer in August 2009. He covers the portfolio areas of detention/due process in counter-terrorism and immigration contexts, human rights defenders, communications and Burma/Thailand.
Previously, his main experience in the human rights field was with Amnesty International (AI), where he worked for more than 12 years as Deputy Director of the Asia Pacific Programme overseeing work on South Asia and as Researcher covering Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore.
Taking a sabbatical in 2008, Tim was deployed as a long-term observer in election observation missions with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in the US and the European Union in Bangladesh. Subsequently, he joined the International Commission of Jurists’ regional office in Bangkok to help analyse Thailand’s internal security laws.
Prior to joining AI, Tim worked for six years in the corporate sector as a consulting firm Senior Research Analyst, advising multinational companies investing in the Asia Pacific region on political/security risks and macro-economic conditions.
Tim’s particular interest in Asia Pacific grew after he spent time at school in Singapore, taught Tibetan refugees in Northern India, held a post-university teaching position in Japan and worked with a trading company in the Philippines. He holds a degree in Modern History from Oxford University and a Master’s degree with distinction in International Human Rights Law from Essex University.