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Andrew Thompson started writing letters for Amnesty International when he was still in high school in Waterloo, speaking out against injustices around the world.

That concern for human rights persists to this day, and in May he was named to chair the board of Amnesty International Canada for a two-year term.

Thompson, a senior fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation and an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo who coordinates the graduate program at the Balsillie School, said his work with Amnesty International opened his eyes to what is going on the world.

It has also informed his research since...

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