#WomanCrushWednesday: Amal Clooney

#WomanCrushWednesday: Amal Clooney

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Text: Adibah Isa

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Amal Clooney has put her life at risk fighting against ISIS. Instead of focusing on her style choices, we're highlighting three causes the international law and human rights barrister has represented

1. Nadia Murad
One of Clooney's most high profile cases, the barrister famously spoke out against her disappointment with the United Nations for failing to bring Isis to trial. Representing Nadia Murad, a young woman who was captured and trafficked as a sex slave by ISIS, Clooney has fought strongly for ISIS members to be brought before an international court and tried for genocide. Her client — an escapee who's now a UN Goodwill Ambassador — belongs to the Yazidi community, a religious minority in northern Iraq who have been targeted by ISIS. 

2. Mohamed Nasheed 
You know the Maldives as a dream destination — but beneath the rose-tinted glasses of luxury vacationers is a country that doesn't allow any sort of peaceful political activity or speech questioning the government: Protestors are arrested, television stations are closed down and opposition leaders are persecuted. Clooney represents former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected leader who was deposed after military intervention and then jailed for 13 years on terrorism charges. As a result of her work, there have even been calls for Clooney to be banned from visiting the Maldives. 

3. Khadija Ismayilova 
The award-winning Azerbaijan reporter was jailed for allegations on tax evasion, but not before Clooney came to the rescue. Ismayilova's an outspoken critic of the government, having reported on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, often carrying out investigations that have linked Azerbaijan president Ilham Aliyev and his family to corruption scandals. Ismayilova is one of many reporters Clooney has represented, in a world where the latter has described is currently facing a free speech crisis.   


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