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Rights watchdog blasts Russia, China for protecting Syrian regime

BERLIN, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch Tuesday lashed out at members of the U.N. Security Council it said were blocking progress in ending the Syrian conflict.

U.N. appalled by DRC violence

UNITED NATIONS, May 9 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was appalled by violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo that claimed the life of a Pakistani peacekeeper.

Human Rights Watch issues annual report

LONDON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The head of Human Rights Watch urged new governments in the Middle East to respect freedom as the group issued its annual report Thursday.

Group warns of complicity in war crimes

NEW YORK, June 4 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch Monday called on nations and companies to stop signing new deals with Russia's arms trading firm because it exports weapons to Syria.

Afghan women jailed for moral crimes

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 28 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch called on the government of Afghanistan Wednesday to release some 400 women and girls serving jail time for committing "moral crimes."
HRW: Defense bill an assault to liberty

HRW: Defense bill an assault to liberty

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's legacy is at stake over a bill that allows the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects without trial, Human Rights Watch said.
End repression, rights groups tell China

End repression, rights groups tell China

LONDON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Human rights groups, in a letter to Chinese officials, said repressive policies prompting Tibetans to commit suicide as a form of protest must stop.
Prosecute Bush for torture, HRW says

Prosecute Bush for torture, HRW says

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Washington should lead the way and prosecute former U.S. President George W. Bush for authorizing tactics described as torture.
Human Rights Watch blasts Obama

Human Rights Watch blasts Obama

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch called President Barack Obama's plan to use military commissions to try some U.S. detainees a step back from his campaign promises.

Human Rights chief denied Russian visa

MOSCOW, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The head of the international rights group Human Rights Watch has been denied a Russian visa, silencing his critical report.

HRW condemns Israeli civilian attacks

JERUSALEM, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch says indiscriminate Israeli airstrikes caused most of the 900 civilian deaths during the war between Israel and Hezbollah.

Most willing to accept plan for U.N. panel

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- U.S. objections to proposed reform of the U.N. Human Rights Commission could deny the new panel credibility without improving it, the New York Times reports.

U.N. human rights panel gets first look

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A new human rights council will be a top priority for the United Nations in 2006 as it juggles other avenues of reform, the New York Times reported Sunday.

Chinese beaten for petitioning government

HONG KONG, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Chinese citizens are being attacked, beaten and intimidated for attempting to petition Beijing authorities over grievances, a human rights group said Thursday.

Report tells of maids' 'forced labor'

NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A new report says maids in Singapore suffer "grave abuses," including physical and sexual violence, food deprivation and confinement in the workplace. Human Rights Watch says the approximately 150,000 women -- mainly from Indonesia, the Philippines and Sr
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Kenneth Roth is an American attorney and has been the executive director of Human Rights Watch since 1993.

Kenneth Roth, a graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University, has said he was drawn to human rights causes through his father's experience of fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938. His father would keep his three young sons quiet as he cut their hair by telling tales of their grandfather’s butcher shop in Frankfurt, Germany. As they grew older, he told them about living under the Nazis as a young boy and fleeing Germany in July 1938.

Jimmy Carter’s introduction of human rights as an element of US foreign policy in the late 1970s further inspired Roth to take on human rights as a vocation.

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