Associate Director, Health and Human Rights

Diederik Lohman is an associate director with the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, where his work focuses on access to palliative care, including controlled medicines for the treatment of pain and international drug control policy. Previously, he served as senior researcher in Human Rights Watch's Europe and Central Asia division and as the Moscow office director. Lohman has conducted extensive research on, and written about, drug dependence treatment and HIV treatment for drug users, human rights in armed conflict and inside the armed forces, and police abuse. He founded the Russian Justice Initiative (previously Chechnya Justice Initiative), an organization that helps victims of the conflict in Chechnya seek justice through domestic institutions in Russia and the European Court of Human Rights. Lohman has a background in Russian studies and international law and speaks Russian, Dutch, and German.