Fear stands behind many of the big, recent human rights developments. Fear of being killed or tortured in Syria and other zones of conflict and repression drove millions from their homes. Fear of what an influx of asylum seekers could mean for their societies is leading many governments in Europe and elsewhere to close the gates. Fear of mounting terrorist attacks moves some political leaders to curtail rights and scapegoat refugees or Muslims. And fear of their people holding them to account leads various autocrats to pursue an unprecedented global crackdown on the ability of those people to band together and make their voices heard. Kenneth Roth will reflect on the state of human rights in a turbulent world.
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 90 countries. 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, counter-terrorism, the foreign policies of the major powers, and the work of the United Nations.
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