Human Rights Watch is a leading international organisation dedicated to defending and promoting human rights around the world. Human Rights Watch researchers work to uncover human rights violations by investigating sites of abuse and speaking first-hand with witnesses and authorities. By exposing these abuses and shining a spotlight where they occur, Human Rights Watch's work gives a voice to victims, generates intense international pressure on governments for action and raises the cost to perpetrators of committing abuses. Human Rights Watch pursues perpetrators of abuses until they are brought to justice.

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UK Advocacy and Media
The UK advocacy and communications team are responsible for conducting targeted advocacy towards the UK government and parliamentarians. They are also in charge of the organisation’s outreach to the UK media.

Yasmine Ahmed, UK Director
Emilie McDonnell, Officer

Anthony Gale, Senior Media Officer

Development & Outreach
The Development & Outreach team is the key contact for the London Committee. The team is responsible for organising fundraising and outreach events. They are the focal point for liaising with supporters, the London Committee and the Board of Directors.

Angela Sharma, UK Senior Director
Jessica Jones, UK Manager
Marie Conmee, UK Coordinator
Miriam Rodero, UK Associate

Staff members based in London

Benjamin Ward, Deputy Director, Europe and Central Asia Division
Clive Baldwin, Senior Legal Advisor
Rothna Begum, Women’s Rights Researcher
Elin Martinez, Children’s Rights Researcher
Bridget Sleap, Senior Researcher, Rights of Older People
Anna Bacciarelli, Program Manager, Technology and Human Rights Division
Fereshta Abbasi, Researcher, Asia Division
Hellen Huang,  Associate, Environment and Human Rights Division



The London Committee is comprised of active, long term supporters of Human Rights Watch living in and around London. It forms part of the Human Rights Watch Council, an international network of Committees and Ambassadors who advance the efforts of Human Rights Watch by organising conferences, briefings and other events, engaging in targeted advocacy initiatives, and assisting in important development and outreach programs.


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  • March 6, 2024

    Human Rights Watch invites you to our 2024 Voices for Justice dinner for a special return to HERE at Outernet.

    On the 4th of June, leading human rights experts, influential supporters, and global partners will gather to celebrate our accomplishments.

    From the online targeting of LGBT people to attacks against women and girls with disabilities, join us and learn how HRW leverages innovative methodologies to advance fundamental human rights across the globe. With your presence and support, we can continue working towards a more just, equitable, and humane future.

    Purchase your tickets now and help us build a tomorrow we can be proud of.

    Click here to purchase your tickets.

  • March 30, 2023

    We invite you to join Human Rights Watch for our 2023 Voices for Justice dinner on Monday, 12th of June 2023. This year, our dinner will be held at the brand-new venue HERE at Outernet.

    From the ongoing conflict in Ukraine to violent repression and attacks on women’s rights in Iran, our work has never been more critical.

    Immerse yourself in the cutting-edge work of our researchers and learn how, in an ever-changing world, Human Rights Watch leverages innovation to continue its time-tested methodology: investigating violations, exposing them, and advocating for long-lasting change.

    Add your voice to the global human rights movement now alongside HRW experts, influential supporters, and the next generation of human rights defenders.

    Click here to purchase your tickets.

  • January 11, 2023

    Join HRW on January 25th at The Barbican Cinema for HRW’s Far From the Tree film screening and exclusive panel discussion!

    Based on the NY Times bestselling book by Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree examines the experiences of families in which parents and children are profoundly different from one another in a variety of ways, exploring our innate humanity and the transcendence of prejudice.

    This will be a very special evening in which we will hear from author himself, activist and writer, Vix Jensen, HRW's LGBT programme director, Graeme Reid and the founding director of our Disability Rights Division, Shantha Rau Barriga. 

    We hope you will join us for an inspiring evening together as we strive for equality, justice and meaningful change for all.

    Book your tickets today!


  • March 30, 2022

    We welcome you to join Human Rights Watch at The Camden Roundhouse on Wednesday 11th May 2022, for Voices for Justice: A Night for Human Rights, and become part of the global community dedicated to protecting and defending human rights around the world. 

    This will be a one night-only gathering of human rights advocates, artists, musicians, actors and the public for an evening of celebration, inspiration and activism. You will get the chance to hear from those who make Human Rights Watch’s work possible in every corner of the world – our researchers and investigators working on the ground, from Ukraine, to Beirut and Afghanistan.

    With everything going on in the world right now, it is more urgent than ever that we come together to raise our voices and unite in our calls for a rights-respecting world, and your solidarity at this time would mean the world to us.

    Click here to purchase your tickets.

  • March 16, 2021

    Human Rights Watch is delighted to announce the launch of a new charity partnership with Chambers and Partners, a global, independent research company operating across 200 jurisdictions delivering detailed rankings and insight into the world’s leading lawyers. The partnership will involve digital content and fundraising.

    Chambers and Partners CEO and Gender Diversity Executive Sponsor, Tim Noble says:

    ‘Chambers and Partners is delighted to welcome Human Rights Watch as our events charity partner. We strongly support HRW’s commitment to protecting global human rights and we’re excited to be collaborating and supporting their work through multiple Chambers’ platforms such as our webinars and awards.’ 

    Angela Sharma the UK Director of Development and Global Initiatives at Human Rights Watch says about the partnership:

    ‘We are delighted that Chambers and Partners have chosen Human Rights Watch to be their charity partner. Human Rights Watch investigates and reports on abuses happening in all corners of the world, and Chambers and Partners’ global reach, independent research methods, and commitment to diversity and inclusion make them an ideal partner in this mission. The past year has been incredibly important for human rights, with Covid-19 exposing deep inequalities in our societies while also highlighting our global connectedness and shared responsibility for one another. This support from Chambers and Partners will strengthen Human Rights Watch’s work in confronting these global challenges, help defend the rights and dignity of people worldwide, and amplify the voices of human rights defenders everywhere.’

    More information on the partnership can be found here.

  • February 22, 2021

    For this year's HRW London Film Festival, a special thanks must go to our amazing partners, MUBI and People's Postcode Lottery, whose support enables us to champion these stories, to bring these human rights issues to life and to reach broader audiences than ever. We are ever grateful for their partnership. 


  • February 16, 2021

    We are proud to present the 25th edition of the London Human Rights Watch Film Festival, running from March 18-26, 2021. 

    For the first time ever, in partnership with Barbican Cinema, we are presenting a full digital edition of 10 emboldening new films from around the world, available across the UK, featuring in-depth online discussions with filmmakers, film participants, and Human Rights Watch researchers. 

    This year’s programme shines a spotlight on identities, viewpoints, and stories all too often unheard, empowering courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to raise their voices and push for change. 

    Will you help us to champion these stories, to bring these human rights issues to life and to reach broader audiences than ever? Click here to become a Film Festival Champion today. 

    By becoming a HRW Film Festival Champion, you can join us in celebration of film, the human story and the power of our shared mission toward justice and dignity for all. You’ll join Human Rights Watch as we delve deeper into some of today’s most pressing issues, from the rights of women over their bodies, to the crackdown on truth and free speech by illiberal governments, to the power of fear in stoking prejudice, hate and discrimination – and you’ll be supporting the causes that speak most to your heart.

    Don't miss it - buy your tickets here.

  • July 27, 2020

    With deep sadness, we share the news that our dear friend Tony Elliott has passed away. 

    Tony is most well known for being the founder of Time Out. A touching obituary of Tony’s life and legacy was published in the Guardian earlier this week, and another in the New York Times, which speaks to the huge impact he had upon the publishing industry and beyond.

    But beyond these immense successes, Tony was also a part of the fabric of Human Rights Watch, and in particular our London community.  Tony became a London Committee member during our seminal years in London in the late 1990’s, served as the chair of the London Committee for a number of years and was a member of HRW Board of Directors from 2006 through to 2015.

    At HRW, we were so fortunate to work so closely with Tony.  In the formative years of the London Committee, our HRW Film Festival and our outreach activities in London, Tony made sure that he supported us in every way he could  - ensuring that the HRW Film Festival film listings were published in Time Out, publishing our job postings in the magazine, lending us marketing and public relations expertise and regularly arranging editorials on human rights issues.  And when Time Out went global, Tony made sure that HRW was also able to benefit from this globalization, connecting us to the new Time Out franchises in New York, Chicago, Istanbul and beyond. Tony was the driving force behind so many of our London initiatives bridging art, culture and human rights – including our Cries from the Heart series, which brought the powerful combination of famous actors, playwrights and human rights issues to our audiences.  None of this would have been possible without Tony’s introductions, generosity and creative spirit and energy. 

    Tony invested in HRW just as if it was his own business  - he brought the same energy, vision, thought and strategy that he brought to Time Out to propel our London presence into a vibrant community of like-minded individuals holding the shared belief that protecting and defending human rights would make the world a better place.  Tony, his wife Janey and his 3 children were very much part of the HRW family, and hosted us at their home on many occasions.

    In many ways it was the initiatives that Tony pioneered that have shaped us as an organisation – advocating for a HRW that is diverse and inclusive, an organisation that speaks to the younger generation, that has links across a spectrum of fields especially with culture, music, theatre and the arts.  He always wanted us to be brave and ambitious. 

    It is a true testament to Tony’s legacy that we have just held our first big public engagement event – The Future We Build Together - reaching out to thousands of new human rights activists across the globe.  This is exactly the direction he was pushing us for more than 20 years, and we only wish that he was still with us to have seen it together.   We are so grateful to have had the chance to call Tony a dear friend, and for the tremendous impact that he had upon our work at Human Rights Watch. We will miss him dearly.

  • July 27, 2020

    Our new Human Rights Watch Virtual Book Club series offers the chance to explore human rights issues through the lens of award-winning books sent right to your door. 

    Pairing leading authors with Human Rights Watch researchers, we’ll explore today’s pressing calls for social change around the world, touching on issues of race, democracy, misinformation and more, and featuring best-selling authors such as Afua Hirsch, Elif Shafak and Hisham Matar. If you haven’t already, do sign up here to join us today.  

    The first event, featuring best-selling author, barrister and journalist Afua Hirsch and Human Rights Watch's US Program Director Nicole Austin-Hillery, will focus on Afua’s Sunday Times bestseller, Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging – a powerful book that reveals the uncomfortable truth about race and identity in Britain today. The discussion will explore the denial that surrounds Britain’s imperial past and the racism that plagues its present, and offer an urgent call for change. 

    For more information on what’s to come, and to sign up for the series, do make sure to visit

  • January 4, 2019

    Last 13 March 2019, an inspiring evening took place at the Royal Institute of British Architects with the screening of THE CLEANERS by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Benefit.

    The film was followed by a captivating panel and Q&A moderated by Jim Yardley, editor for The New York Times involving:

    • Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, THE CLEANERS 
    • Sarah St. Vincent, HRW Researcher/Advocate, US Program
    • Carl Miller, co-founder of the first The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos
    • Jennifer Robinson, Australian human rights lawyer and barrister

    Though the internet has in many ways been an asset to the human rights movement, much has changed since the heady days of the “Twitter and Facebook revolution” during the 2011 Arab uprising. Mistrust of Silicon Valley is widespread. We rely on companies like Facebook to keep our data private and safe, but a lack of strong regulation has led to it being exploited.  We also view social media as a source of information and a place to voice ideas, much like a public square. However, differences in regulation on free speech mean that not everyone has access to the same information or the same freedom of expression.

    New technologies can threaten fundamental freedoms and economic rights. Mass surveillance enables abuses. Algorithm-based decisions in police stations, courthouses, and workplaces reproduce old forms of discrimination in new ways. Weapons could soon operate without human control. Meanwhile, digitised misinformation spreads from Washington, Beijing, and Moscow, stoking fear and demonising minorities.

    Human Rights Watch will confront new threats in the digital age. To support this important work, donate here

  • December 10, 2018

    As the world prepares to celebrate Human Rights Day — and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — this Monday 10 December, we are happy to share some fun ways to celebrate.

    We are excited to announce that 30 landmarks across the globe will shine blue in honor of Human Rights Day. The London Eye and Somerset House will go #Blue4HumanRights. We invite you to visit our webpage, which has been translated into French, Spanish, Arabic, German, and Japanese.

    In addition, here are ways you can help Human Rights Watch commemorate the day. Please share widely.

    Actions for today:

    • Wear blue on Monday and post selfies and group photos with staff, friends, and networks on social media, or in front of a building that is going blue. Tag your photo #Blue4HumanRights.  Meet us at 7pm at Radio Rooftop Bar to join in!
    • Share our Human Rights Day landing page that provides ways for the general public to engage with us on Human Rights Day.  
    • Update your profile photo on Facebook for Human Rights Day. The frame is available in 8 languages.
    • Use the Human Rights Day social media toolkit to easily post your own messages all day.
    • Take a recording of yourself reading your favorite article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You can post the recordings on your own social media feeds, and tag HRW (@humanrightswatch on Facebook and Instagram, @hrw on Twitter) and the following hashtags: #HumanRightsDay #StandUp4HumanRights

    A flag (picture) to represent human rights has been designed by Ai Wei Wei and the unveiling of the flag today will kickstart a year of celebration around human rights in the UK. In June 2019 schools, organisations and individuals from across the country will be invited to ‘fly the flag’ to show their support for human rights. Human Rights Watch is a founding member of a coalition of organisations, including theatres and other human rights organisations, leading this effort.  David Mepham played a key role in shaping this campaign and Steph Hancock and Ben Ward are continuing his legacy by representing Human Rights Watch within the coalition.  More details to follow!


    Thank you and Happy Human Rights Day from all at Human Rights Watch!

  • October 26, 2018

    His track record of applying sharp wits to pressure for change, along with his OBE for services to human rights, boiled down to a fact: Mepham was one who cared.

    “I do not believe that human rights are a magic bullet that can solve all the world’s problems.” These were some of the final words written by David Mepham before his death from cancer, aged 50, this week. They are perhaps unexpected from someone awarded an OBE for services to human rights. But they reflect an honesty and pragmatism for which Mepham was well known, and which became a hallmark of his work in the human rights movement.

    Mepham was no purist. He knew there is no such thing as a perfect world, and rather than preach lofty ideals, he challenged himself to work out how terrible crises could be made a little less awful. Coupled with his shrewd political savvy, it proved an incredibly effective tool for pressure – squeezing the UK government on everything from the plight of the Rohingya to arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and for change – such as persuading the Foreign Office to endorse a global treaty protecting schools from military use and attack.

    And Mepham was a man in a hurry for change. He did everything at lightning speed. Walking to meetings, colleagues would struggle to match his pace. In phone calls, he’d talk so fast people would struggle to keep up. He’d read entire books in a single day, and complex briefing papers in minutes. Computers were a constant frustration, because his mind always worked faster than he could type.

  • October 26, 2018

    With profound sadness we share the news that David Mepham OBE, UK director at Human Rights Watch, has died of cancer at the age of 50, after two years of illness. His wife, Charlotte, was at his side. It is a testament to David’s courage and dedication that he insisted on continuing to work as much as he was physically able between difficult treatments and his gradually diminishing health.

    “David was a superb advocate, combining a piercing intellect, an extraordinary eloquence, and a deep personal commitment to the human rights cause,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “Our hearts go out to David’s family – Charlotte and their two children, Hannah and Ben. We stand with them at this difficult time.”

    David, who came to Human Rights Watch after years working on foreign policy and development issues, did not see human rights as a magic bullet. But he believed they were critical to achieving his aim to make the world a fairer and kinder place. He worked with relentless drive, honesty, and pragmatism to advance the cause of rights for all.


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