Ole Solvang, senior researcher in the emergencies division, works to investigate and expose human rights violations in crisis situations on a rapid-response basis. Since 2001, he has worked for Human Rights Watch in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Syria and its neighboring countries. He has most recently worked on the crisis in Ukraine, where he has conducted investigations into indiscriminate shelling of civilians. Solvang is featured in the 2014 documentary film "E-Team," which was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He has also served as the executive director of Russian Justice Initiative, an organization providing legal aid to victims of human rights violations such as torture, extrajudicial executions, and disappearances in Chechnya and the North Caucasus. Solvang holds a master’s degree of international affairs from New York’s Columbia University with a focus on international human rights and the former Soviet Union.
Senior Researcher, Emergencies