Amal Alamuddin has declined a United Nations offer to investigate possible human rights violations in Gaza.
The 36-year-old – who is engaged to George Clooney – was one of three experts said to be serving on the panel.
However, hours after her appointment Clooney’s Hollywood agent, Stan Rosenfield, issued a statement stating that she had turned down the role because she’s too busy.
“I am horrified by the situation in the occupied Gaza Strip, particularly the civilian casualties that have been caused, and strongly believe that there should be an independent investigation and accountability for crimes that have been committed,” said the statement.
“I was contacted by the UN about this for the first time this morning. I am honoured to have received the offer, but given existing commitments – including eight ongoing cases – unfortunately could not accept this role. I wish my colleagues who will serve on the commission courage and strength in their endeavours.”
Gabon ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella - president of the UN Human Rights Council - made the announcement of her appointment yesterday (11 August).
Alamuddin, who speaks fluent Arabic, French and English, studied at Oxford and New York University, before launching her legal career Past clients include Julian Assange and Ukraine's former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko. She has also served as counsel for a UN enquiry on counter-terrorism and human rights into the usage of drones.
Clooney and Alamuddin announced their engagement in April. They are expected to marry in Italy next month.