Global Human Rights and the Middle East: A Decade of Change

Kenneth Roth
Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

Presented: Monday, September 12, 2011
Location: Wells Fargo Room, Haas School of Business

A Decade of Change:

How the Middle East affects global human rights from 9/11 to the Arab Spring

Since the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago much has changed in the world. The Middle East is as important now as then, and the implications of recent events are far-reaching. In an engaging conversation, Ken Roth will talk about these implications and share his experiences promoting multi-lateral cooperation to gain critical human rights across the globe. Understanding the strategic evolution and successes of Human Rights Watch can aid corporations, NGOs and governments working on global, systemic social problems.

Kenneth Roth is the executive director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading international human rights organizations, which operates in more than 80 countries. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 1987, Roth served as a federal prosecutor in New York and for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington. A graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University, Roth has conducted numerous human rights investigations and missions around the world. He has written extensively on a wide range of human rights abuses, devoting special attention to issues of international justice, counterterrorism, the foreign policies of the major powers, and the work of the United Nations.

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. For more than 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

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