About the Paris office

About the Paris office

After setting up offices in London, Geneva, Brussels and Berlin, Human Rights Watch created an office in Paris in October 2007 to increase the scope of its actions within the European Union. This development demonstrates the organization’s determination to become more international as it deals with the growing complexity of human rights in a multi-polar world.

The Paris office enables Human Rights Watch to act so that French policy towards human rights protection becomes as active as possible, in France as well as internationally. Human Rights Watch encourages France to play a leading role in Europe and the world in this area. As the United States' credibility as promoter of human rights has faltered and as other major countries like China and Russia are severely criticized in this area, it is essential for the EU to assume a real leadership in the protection of human rights around the world.


The Team

Bénédicte Jeannerod, France Director

Bénédicte Jeannerod is France Director at Human Rights Watch. Prior to becoming the director of Human Rights Watch's Paris office in November 2015, she worked for seven years for UNICEF in France, as Director of Advocacy and Communications. Previously, she was Deputy Director of Communications at Médecins sans Frontières-France (2004 to 2007).  Twitter @BenJeannerod

Valérie Lombard, Director, Paris Committee

Valérie Lombard is Director of Development & Outreach in Paris; she joined Human Rights Watch in 2007, during the early stages of the Paris office. Previously, she spent sixteen years working for leading international advertising agencies, serving well-established French and multinational clients and rising to the position of Deputy General Manager for Young & Rubicam in Paris. In 2006, after she left advertising, she became Executive Director of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, in charge of communications and marketing. She was graduated from HEC in 1986, and is a member of the management team of “HEC au Féminin,” of the HEC Alumni Association, the first women’s professional network created in France.

Anna Chaplin, Paris office manager

Anna Chaplin is the Paris office manager. She assists the director of the Paris office as well as the development team in their work. She is also in charge of management and coordination of finances, administration, human resources and general services. Ms Chaplin, a British citizen, was a translator and interpreter for Emmaüs International before coming to Human Rights Watch at the opening of its Paris office. Having majored in political science, business management and translation, she has worked on international projects, particularly in the pharmaceutical area.

Getting involved

You can learn about our activities by signing up for our newsletter and our regional or thematic email lists, as well as by reading regular news of our events on the Paris office's site.

You can also participate in our advocacy efforts by following the link "Take Action", where you may send emails to political decision-makers on subjects you deem important.

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Contact information

Human Rights Watch Paris
142, rue Montmartre
75002 Paris - France
Email: paris@hrw.org