Amal Clooney to visit India, discuss freedom of expression

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2016 12:15 IST
US actor George Clooney (R) and his wife Amal Alamuddin. She will be in India in March to discuss dissent and freedom of expression. (AFP)

British human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who is married to Hollywood icon George Clooney , says she is looking forward to her trip to India and is eager to initiate a dialogue on human rights and freedom of expression in the country.

Amal, who specialises in international law and human rights, is coming to India to be a part of India Today Conclave 2016 here later this week. She will present the closing argument on the right to dissent and free speech in repressive regimes.

IRC President and CEO David Miliband (L) George Clooney (2nd L), and Amal Clooney (R) meet with Syrian refugees Mona and her daughter, 11-year-old Joudi, in Berlin. The group discussed what their life was like in Syria, the reasons they felt they needed to uproot their families, and their futures in Germany. (REUTERS)

“I am thrilled to be returning to India, and to be participating in the Conclave with such a distinguished group of professionals. I look forward to a fruitful and timely discussion on human rights and freedom of expression in India today,” Amal said in a statement.

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The discussion comes at a time when India is seeing a debate on intolerance and freedom of speech and expression.

In February, George and Amal visited Germany and met a Syrian mother Mona and her 11-year-old daughter Joudi following their sit-down with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The duo solemnly listened to her story as she explained why she needed to escape strife-torn Syria, reports

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George and Amal also met two other Syrian families. “It was an honour to meet three Syrian families whose lives have been shattered by war and inspiring to learn that the people of Germany are helping them put their lives back together,” George said.

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