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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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