Ex-SYRIZA spokesman heading Greece section of Amnesty International

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The former spokesman of ruling SYRIZA Gavriil Sakellaridis has been appointed as the new director of rights watchdog Amnesty International’s Greece section.

The 37-year-old economist, who also ran for Athens mayor in 2014, will be filling a post that has been empty for about three months following the resignation of AI Greece’s former director, Heracles-Spyridon Aktypis.

Sakellaridis clinched the position after applying to a public advertisement.

“The challenges for the new director are significant as the threat to human rights is constant as a result of the economic, social and refugee crisis in our country, but also a bleak international environment for equality, justice and human dignity,” the organization said in an announcement on Tuesday.