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Kenneth Roth          

Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch since 1993, has investigated human rights abuses around the globe, with special expertise on issues of justice and accountability for atrocities committed in the quest for peace; military conduct in war under the requirements of international humanitarian law; counterterrorism policy including resort to torture and arbitrary detention; the human rights policies of the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations; and the human rights responsibilities of multinational businesses.

Under Roth's leadership, HRW has grown eight-fold in size and vastly expanded its reach. It now operates in more than 80 countries. During his tenure, Human Rights Watch has documented war crimes in Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and Sierra Leone. HRW researchers have testified at international tribunals. The organization has also done extensive work on child soldiers. As a founding member of the International Campaign to ban Landmines, in 1997 HRW shared the Nobel Peace Prize for helping bring about the Mine Ban Treaty.

Mr. Roth has published more than 100 articles and chapters on a range of human rights topics. Before joining HRW as deputy director in 1987, Mr. Roth was a federal prosecutor for both the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University.


Episode 11: Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch

The executive director of Human Rights Watch is on the line this week. Ken Roth and I have a fascinating discussion about contemporary human rights issues.

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