Anette Fischer; Leader in Amnesty International

Associated Press

Anette Fischer, the head of Amnesty International’s governing committee, has been killed in a car crash in Italy, the human rights organization announced Sunday.

Mrs. Fischer, 46, and her husband, Carl Eli Fischer, were killed in a head-on collision in heavy rain in Florence on Saturday, the London-based organization said.

Amnesty International said the accident occurred as the Fischers were returning home to Denmark at the end of a vacation.

Anette Fischer was elected chairwoman of Amnesty International’s governing International Executive Committee in 1991. She had been a member of the committee since 1989.


A librarian by profession, Mrs. Fischer had been a human rights activist for more than 20 years.